Long-term Rangers target Jacob Murphy will be a “key player” for Newcastle United this season, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United striker said that the 25-year-old is full of confidence and showing what a “fantastic player” he can be.

Murphy scored an 89th equaliser against Wolves on Sunday in what was his first Premier League start since May 2018.

Football Insider revealed last month that Steven Gerrard was interested in bringing the winger to Ibrox but an approach was ultimately unsuccessful.

Whelan believes that Murphy is benefitting from the happy environment Steve bruce has created at St. James’ Park this season.

“Look, Murphy is a player with so much ability,” he told Football Insider.

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“He was brought to that club to run, be direct, use that pace and skill that he has with the ball at his feet and now he seems to be doing it.

“Murphy seems to be enjoying football again at Newcastle. The surroundings, the manager and the squad all seem to have made a nice connection. Newcastle seems a happier camp right now and Murphy is showing what a fantastic player he is.

“The fact that he took the free-kick shows you the confidence he has. He was standing over it, wanting that pressure. He clearly trusts his own ability and feels confident in his game at this present point.

“It is a lot of responsibility to take a free-kick like that at the end of the game and he won back a point for his team. Murphy will be a key player for Newcastle this season, no doubt.”

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