By Danny Wright

20th Mar, 2018 | 8:03am

Mark Allen set to start Rangers summer in perfect way after reported talks for PL forward


Rangers director of football Mark Allen has received high praise for the signings he made at Ibrox in the January transfer window – and now he looks set to begin the summer in a perfect way as well.

The Scottish Sun has reported that the Light Blues are holding talks with Premier League club Brighton over the permanent signing of Jamie Murphy after the forward hit the ground running since moving to Ibrox in the winter.

Murphy, 28, has been in scintillating form, scoring three goals and supplying six assists in 11 appearances across all competitions.

Whenever he gets the ball out wide, he always looks as though he is able to cause problems to the defence and that is the exact kind of player that Rangers need going into the 2018/19 season as they continue their quest to close down the gap between themselves and bitter rivals Celtic.

The wide-forward has also confirmed that he wants to make his stay in Glasgow permanent after settling down so well since his January move.

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When asked if he wanted to move to Rangers permanent, Murphy was quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying: “Yes, absolutely.

“I’m already a Rangers player in my mind. People knew how much I wanted this and, to be fair, the manager Chris Hughton was great down at Brighton. He knew I wanted to come.”

Graeme Murty may not be in charge of Rangers next season with it likely that Dave King will look to hire a more experienced name to lead the club.

Back-to-back defeats against Celtic and Kilmarnock have severely harmed Murty’s chances of getting the job on a long-term basis, but that should not concern a player like Murphy, who is a consummate professional and will no doubt be able to perform to his best under whoever is in charge of the club.

In other Rangers news, fans have demanded that the club signs this Old Firm scourge in the summer, claiming he is better than Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham.

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