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.
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.