Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has revealed his frustration at being frozen out at Brighton before his January move to Ibrox – and admitted “it’s hard not playing.”
Murphy has been a mainstay in the side since moving to Ibrox – and won his first cap for Scotland last weekend – but found it “disappointing” not making the matchday squad for Chris Hughton’s side.
The 28-year-old has been playing regularly since breaking into the Motherwell first-team aged 17 and revealed his delight to be at Ibrox and back playing first-team football after playing for Brighton’s Under-23s.
“It’s been great to be playing again. It was disappointing in the last eight months or so not to even play or make some squads,” Murphy said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“Three months ago, I was playing in an Under-23s game at Brighton’s training ground on a Friday night, so I’m just delighted to be here.
“It’s hard not playing football. It’s something I’ve always done since I played first-team football at 17 or 18 years of age.
“Getting game time was a big reason for moving.”
The former Sheffield United ace was a big part of Brighton’s side that romped to promotion from the Championship last season but found himself sidelined as Hughton rebuilt his side ahead of their Premier League debut.
Murphy has scored three times and chipped in with six assists in his 11 appearances for the Gers so far since his move.
The Scotland international is expected to make his Ibrox switch permanent in the summer with the Light Blues already having an agreement in place with Brighton.
Football Insider verdict:
Murphy has been a really good but of business for the Gers and director of football Mark Allen must do everything to make it permanent in the summer. The 28-year-old brings a good level of experience to a relatively young Gers squad and it’s clear he has the quality to be a top Scottish Premiership player. After getting his first cap for Scotland, Murphy can hopefully continue his impressive form into the final run of games this season and help Graeme Murty’s side to a Scottish Cup final and secure second place in the Scottish Premiership.
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