'He’s not a wee boy any more' - Murty makes claim about instant Rangers impact for Murphy
Rangers manager Graeme Murty hopes new Ibrox signing Jamie Murphy can hit the ground running for the Gers and hit the form levels he did last season as he helped Brighton win promotion to the Premier League.
The Gers wrapped up a season-long loan deal for the 28-year-old winger last week as Murty reshapes his squad ahead of the second-half of the Scottish Premiership season.
Murphy made 40 appearances for the Seagulls as they secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time but has struggled to make much of an impact in the top-flight.
Murty has also claimed that the wingers experience in England will help him make an immediate impact at Ibrox and admitted Murphy was “desperate” to sign for the Gers.
“We hope he’s going to be able to replicate the kind of form that made him a mainstay in the Brighton team last season, a player that was so vital in their successful push for promotion to the Premiership,” Murty said, as quoted by The Scotsman.
“He’s coming back to Scotland a man, he’s not a wee boy any more. He’s a mature athlete, someone who knows himself and knows how to get the best out of himself.
“We believe he’s someone who can contribute from the get-go in terms of his attributes. Above all that, of course, he was desperate to come, he was desperate to sign for us.
“He knows what this football club is all about. He’s home-grown and understands what it means to go and play at Ibrox.”
The boyhood Rangers fan has an agreement in place to turn his loan deal into a permanent move in the summer.
The 28-year-old started his career with Motherwell, making over 200 appearances for the Steelmen, before signing for Sheffield United in 2013.
After two-and-a-half years with the Blades, Murphy headed for the south coast and signed for big-spending Brighton in the summer of 2015 and immediately became a first-team regular.
Murphy’s first season with the Seagulls saw them miss narrowly out on promotion before going one better last season.
Murphy is Rangers’ second signing of the transfer window after QPR midfielder Sean Goss agreed a season-long loan deal.
In latest Rangers news, Gers fans have blasted the Ibrox board for their handling of Murphy’s transfer.
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