By Alan Hutton

23rd Dec, 2019 | 2:18pm

'He's got to go' - Pundit claims Rangers forward he wants to stay at Ibrox facing January exit

Rangers winger Jamie Murphy could be sold by manager Steven Gerrard when the January transfer window opens, according to Alan Hutton.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and lifelong fan of the club says that the 30-year-old has plenty to offer but needs to get up to speed after his injury layoff.

Murphy missed nearly all of the 2018/19 campaign due to cruciate ligament injury damage picked up in August 2018, playing just twice since his return to action in October.

Hutton says that he would like to see Murphy remain, touting a loan move to help boost his fitness, but says it could be a permanent exit on the cards.

“When you have such a serious injury, it takes such a long time to get back,” Hutton told Football Insider

“He was doing well previously, it was a shame obviously the injury happened. For him personally, it’s about playing. Me, I would want to hold onto him but I think he’s got to go out and play.

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“Maybe the ideal situation would be going out on loan and getting the minutes to get up to speed. The period Rangers are in at the moment, yes there’s lots of games but you need people firing. 

“You can’t allow people like himself three, four or five games to come in and get that match sharpness. He needs that now Gerrard.

“I do like him so maybe it would be best for him to go out on loan to come back but Gerrard looks like he could be trimming the squad so it might be a permanent move away.”

Murphy has played just 29 times for the Light Blues since swapping Brighton for Glasgow, while he has also picked up two caps for Scotland.

His last runout was a 27-minute cameo against Ross County earlier this season.

In other Rangers news, Hutton has revealed to Football Insider that a rival side has made an approach for a senior figure at Ibrox.