Brighton manager Chris Hughton has emphatically confirmed that Scotland forward Jamie Murphy won’t be allowed to leave the Amex in January after Rangers were reported to have shown interest in bringing him to Ibrox.

Murphy has only made four appearances for the Seagulls so far this season in the Premier League and the Daily Record reported that he was high on Ibrox director of football Mark Allen’s January shopping list.

The 28-year-old started his career with Motherwell before heading south to join Sheffield United in 2013.

After two years at Bramall Lane, Murphy headed for the south coast but has struggled for regular game time this season.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton confirmed that the Scot would be staying where he is and insisted he was still a big part of his plans.

“No,” Hughton said when asked if the player would be allowed to leave in January, as quoted by The Argus.

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“At this moment, if I am looking at the options I have in the wide areas, it’s been unfortunate for Jamie. Because of what we’ve had and no injuries in that area.

“He is still very much part of our plans. It only takes a lack of form, an injury or a couple of injuries and then he is very much back in the squad.”

Rangers have been looking for some quality out wide since the summer and brought in two loan players to try and fill the gap left by Barrie McKay’s move to Nottingham Forest.

Instead, Dalcio and Aaron Nemane have barely been seen since joining Rangers and it would seem the Gers are now casting their net further afield.

Josh Windass had been a regular in the position but has struggled to impress out wide and has only really found any sort of form since being moved centrally after interim boss Graeme Murty revamped Rangers’ shape.

In other Rangers news, Jim Duffy has urged the Gers to appoint this 59-year-old as soon as possible.

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