By Alan Hutton

1st Sep, 2020 | 6:03pm

'Great move for him' - Exclusive: Hutton reacts as Rangers agree forward exit

Alan Hutton suggests there were a number of clubs trying to sign Jamie Murphy from Rangers before he sealed a move to Hibernian.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender insists that the winger has made a “great” decision to swap Glasgow for Edinburgh after a difficult two years at Ibrox.

Rangers confirmed on Saturday that the 31-year-old had joined Hibs on a loan move which will become a permanent switch next summer.

Murphy initially joined Rangers on loan from Brighton in January 2018 before he turned the move permanent that summer.

However, he suffered a serious knee injury in August 2018 and was left sidelined for over a year.

Hutton insists that the Scotland international still has plenty to offer and that Hibs is a fantastic club for him to demonstrate his talent.

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Hutton told Football Insider: “They’re (Hibs) going to be up and about it, not necessarily challenging for one and two but they always give the Old Firm a good run for their money.

“It’s a great move for him, he has been really unfortunate, obviously with the plastic pitch scenario at Kilmarnock and a bad injury. 

“I really felt for him but 30, 31, you’ve still got a lot to give. He had another great loan spell at Burton so I imagine before Hibs signed him there would have been a few teams looking thinking he’d have done a job for them.

“He’s went to a team with a young manager who wants to play attacking football and he’ll fit right in there.” 

Murphy played just 29 times for the Gers during his spell at Ibrox, with six goals and 13 assists to his name.

He has a total of 191 Premiership appearances under his belt to date and he made his Hibs debut as a substitute against Aberdeen on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, Steven Gerrard’s hands are said to be tied over the future of one Ibrox ace.