EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey
Jamie Murphy is battling to save his Rangers career after failing to convince Steven Gerrard he is fully over his knee troubles, Football Insider understands.
The manager suggested last month the winger, 30, may go out on loan to reignite his career but deadline day passed on Monday with him still at the club.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Murphy faces further misery on the sidelines amid major doubts from Gerrard and his coaching staff about his recovery from the injury that wiped out a year of his career.
There are fears it could take another six months before he is back to the level he was playing before suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Murphy broke down on Kilmarnock’s plastic pitch in August of last year and has yet to play a competitive game for Rangers since.
The two-times Scotland international has made the matchday squad only once this season, the League Cup win over East Fife, but did not get off the bench.
He now 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 quickly established himself as a fans favourite after signing from Brighton in January of last year on an initial loan that was subsequently converted into a £1million permanent deal.
He was given a huge reception when he made his Ibrox return in a pre-season friendly in July and has an impressive record for the club, scoring six goals and providing 13 assists from 27 appearances.
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