Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy would be a “great” signing for Rangers this summer, according to Kevin Phillips.
However, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner tipped the Magpies to offer the 26-year-old a new deal this year in a bid to persuade him to stay.
Murphy is fast approaching the final 12 months of his contract at St. James’ Park.
Football Insider sources understand the Gers are firmly in the hunt for the Englishman valued at £3million by Newcastle ahead of this summer.
In all competitions this season, Murphy has contributed three goals and three assists in 25 appearances.
When asked for his assessment of Murphy’s future, Phillips told Football Insider:
“I think Newcastle should offer him a new deal but a lot depends on what has been made available to Bruce in the summer and if Bruce will even be there beyond the summer. Is he going to get money to be able to enhance the squad?
“Jacob Murphy has done very well when called upon this season. If Rangers got the opportunity to sign him, I think he would be a great for them.
“At Newcastle he has showed that he has good quality. Why would they not want to try and re-sign him?
“Why not offer someone who knows the club and has proven that he can perform a new deal? I would get him tied down to a two or three-year extension.”