By Richard Parks
Rangers are set to complete the permanent signing of winger Jamie Murphy in the summer, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim in an extended update on the Glasgow giants’ transfer business that the club are “unlikely” to reject the opportunity to convert the Brighton wide man’s loan into a full-time deal.
It is said that Rangers have first option to sign Murphy and they are in line to take advantage of their pole position to push through the move at the end of the season.
The Scotland international, 28, has said in recent weeks that he is “absolutely” keen to join the Light Blues permanently after the success of his loan.
Murphy has scored four goals and supplied six assists in 12 appearances for Rangers.
The Daily Record has previously reported that the total cost of signing Murphy is £1.7million, including the loan fee.
Football Insider verdict:
Given the attitude of all parties to get the deal done, Rangers fans can look forward to the prospect of Murphy lighting up the left flank again next season. He has made a big impression during his loan, with, as the Record point out, his “lazy and languid” style belying his brilliance with the ball at his feet. Murphy is quicker than he looks, too, and can provide a regular supply line from out wide for the new-look team, whomever is the manager next season. Murphy has epitomised the new attacking spirit under Graeme Murty since the turn of the year and his presence makes an occasionally one-dimensional team a very threatening one. He is a boyhood fan who clearly loves wearing the blue shirt. What’s not to like?
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