Rangers director of football Mark Allen has confirmed than an agreement is in place for attacker Jamie Murphy to make his loan move from Brighton permanent – as the Gers kicked off Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox revolution by announcing the signing of Burnley star Scott Arfield.
Murphy joined the Light Blues in January and has been an important part of the side, scoring vital goals, and Gers fans are keen to see the former Motherwell ace remain at Ibrox.
Allen confirmed that no “final decisions” have been taken on whether any of the players who spent the season on loan would return – but did admit there is in agreement with Brighton for Murphy to be yet another permanent attacker addition this summer.
“We’ll see. No final decisions have been made. We owe a courtesy to those players and their football club to speak to them first,” Allen said, as shown on the Gers’ official Twitter account.
“There is (an agreement with Brighton for Murphy), yeah.”
🎙️MA: To get a player of Scott's quality and character, we are obviously delighted. Steven Gerrard was more than happy to endorse Scott as a signing at the club.
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Football Insider verdict:
Talk has gone quiet on Murphy’s potential permanent switch, although the player himself has publicly said that he already considers it a done deal so it may just be that Allen is simply waiting until it is formally announced to say anything. Getting more quality performers in will be a massive boost to the Gers’ chances of catching Celtic and ending their recent dominance of Scottish football – although Murphy needs to offer more at times after vanishing in big games too often. Things definitely appear to be on the up for the Gers and the recruitment of Gerrard, Arfield and, likely, Murphy is further evidence of that. The Light Blues now need to focus on improving their defence after conceding far too many times last season and often making things much more difficult for themselves. A couple of defenders capable of keeping more clean sheets and the Gers won’t be too far away from Celtic already.