By Richard Parks
Barry Ferguson has revealed that he expects Rangers to sign Jamie Murphy on a permanent contract this summer.
In a column in the Daily Record, the Ibrox icon explained that he has been impressed by the winger, who joined on loan from Premier League club Brighton in the January window.
Ferguson believes the future of Murphy beyond the summer could depend upon manager Graeme Murty, whose position at the club is shrouded in doubt following consecutive defeats to Celtic and Kilmarnock.
“Murty will have identified targets he’d like but he’s sitting in a position where he can do little planning as he doesn’t know if he’ll still be in the job beyond the summer,” Ferguson told the Daily Record. “I don’t think anyone can argue that his recruitment in January was excellent.
“Jamie Murphy for example is a top addition and I’m hopeful Rangers can sort something out with Brighton to make the deal permanent.”
The Scotland international, 28, has said in recent weeks that he is “absolutely” keen to join the Light Blues permanently after the success of his loan.
Murphy has scored three goals and supplied six assists in 11 appearances for Rangers.
The Daily Record has previously reported that the total cost of signing Murphy is £1.7million, including the loan fee.
Football Insider verdict:
Given the attitude of all parties to get the deal done – although, as Ferguson points out, much could depend upon the identity of the new manager – Rangers fans can look forward to the prospect of Murphy lighting up the left flank again next season. He has made a big impression during his loan, with his touch, vision and dazzling feet providing a regular supply line from out wide and where had previously been a problem position for the team. Murphy epitomises the new attacking spirit under Murty and his presence makes the team far more dangerous. Given that Rangers have first option on signing him, it would now be a surprise if his loan was not converted into a permanent deal.