By Wayne Veysey
Rangers fear Jamie Murphy may not have fully recovered from his knee troubles for another six months, Football Insider understands.
The winger, 30, has not played for the Glasgow giants in the 13 months since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury on Kilmarnock’s plastic pitch.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Murphy is far from recovered from the injury and faces further misery on the sidelines amid major doubts from Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff about the level of his fitness.
The manager suggested last month the winger, 30, may go out on loan to reignite his career but deadline day passed on Monday of last week with him still at the club.
There are fears it could take another six months before he is back to the level of fitness he had reached before injury.
Murphy has been on the Rangers bench once this season – for the League Cup win over East Fife last month – but did not play and he has subsequently been frozen out.
The two-times Scotland international faces a battle to convince Gerrard he can get back in the side where the wide forward positions are set to be highly competitive following the £7.5million arrival of Ryan Kent.
In addition to the headline summer signing, Gerrard can also call upon Liverpool loanee Sheyi Ojo, Brandon Barker, Jordan Jones and Eros Grezda as well as versatile duo Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield.
Murphy signed from Brighton in January of last year on an initial loan that was subsequently converted into a £1million permanent deal.
He has an impressive record for the club, scoring six goals and providing 13 assists from 27 appearances.
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