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Rangers attacker Jamie Murphy has admitted that he’s “delighted” to have completed a permanent switch to Ibrox after spending the second-half of last season on loan with the Light Blues – and insists he wants to be part of the Gers’ “quest” to get back to the top of Scottish football.

Murphy joined the Light Blues in January from Premier League side Brighton before agreeing a long-term deal last week – and admits he was too busy concentrating on his football to get caught up with the speculation over who would be the long-term manager and whether they would want to keep him at Ibrox.

The 28-year-old thinks he done well last season after making the move north but thinks he can still improve and help the team get better as they look to stop bitter rivals Celtic’s recent dominance of the Scottish game.

“I am glad everything was done with Rangers before coming away here although there was never any doubt in my mind it would be,” Murphy said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“I was delighted both clubs could agree because I knew I would. I want to be there to be part of the club’s quest to get back to the top.

“I came in and felt I did well but it’s up to me now to improve and help the team improve. I never really feared the manager might look and not fancy me.

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“I was too busy 
concentrating on the football and ignoring everything else going on, which is pretty easy now I’m at an older age.”

Football Insider verdict:

Murphy was key player for the Light Blues after making his move from Brighton and it was always expected that he would make his switch permanent. Despite some impressive performances, Murphy didn’t do enough in big games and needs to have more of an impact in games against the likes of Celtic. The Light Blues ace will be vital next season under Steven Gerrard and his performances next season could very well be the difference between success and failure for the Ibrox giants. At 28, Murphy is at the peak of his career and will be someone Gerrard likely turns to as a senior member of his squad to help push the younger players at the club on and help them put in consistent performances. With five goals and ten assists in 19 appearances for the Light Blues, there’s little doubt just how crucial the former Motherwell and Sheffield United ace is for the Ibrox giants.

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