Rangers key player to play v Celtic after stunning recovery from suspected broken bone - report
By Richard Parks
Rangers have been handed a huge boost ahead of their Scottish Premiership showdown against Celtic this weekend by Jamie Murphy, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the key winger has made a “dramatic” recovery from the injury which had put his participation for Sunday’s clash at Ibrox in major doubt.
It is said that January loan signing Murphy, 28, had been a major doubt for the Old Firm after suffering a suspected broken toe.
The left winger hobbled out of Gers’ 4-1 win over St Johnstone a week ago and sat out Sunday’s Scottish Cup win over Falkirk after undergoing a scan last week.
But he is now on course to face Brendan Rodgers’ side and provide manager Graeme Murty with his full complement of attacking players to choose from.
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Football Insider verdict:
Graeme Murty is likely to have a few selection conundrums for the club’s biggest match of the season so far. Following Jason Cummings’ hat-trick against the Bairns at the weekend, the manager must decide whether to reinstate Murphy into the starting XI/ He should do so. Murphy, who is on loan from Brighton, has made a huge impact since joining from January, providing a cutting edge on the left flank that the team were totally lacking before his arrival. His presence also brings the best out of Josh Windass, who has thrived in a more central second striker role. Murty must swing the axe on hat-trick hero Cummings, who represents a brilliant bench option against the Hoops.
In other Rangers news, the club are firmly in the running to sign a goal machine from north-west English high flyers.