Jamie Murphy is well placed to make an attacking impact in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers squad next season, potentially helping Ibrox supporters forget all about Ryan Kent.
Kent is on loan until the end of the season and he is expected to return to parent club Liverpool, at least initially, to be assessed by manager Jurgen Klopp throughout the summer.
Murphy meanwhile should be ready to go in pre-season after missing the vast majority of this campaign. He sustained a knee injury in a Scottish League Cup match against Kilmarnock way back in August.
If you take a look at his attacking contribution during his loan spell last season though, a picture is painted of a player ready to take up where Kent left off, and perhaps be even more effective.
He scored five goals and assisted ten times in half a season at Ibrox, signing on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion in January 2018.
Despite playing just a handful of games for Steven Gerrard after signing permanently at the end of that campaign he managed another goal and three more assists.
That’s more than Kent’s direct goal contribution for the entire 2018/19 season so far, with the 22-year-old netting six and assisting nine.
Numbers aren’t everything of course. Kent arguably possesses more overall skill and clearly has more potential than his 29-year-old teammate.
Still though, if Murphy can light up the left flank heading into the new season, fans will quickly forget about the Liverpool man.
That would allow Gerrard to invest in other areas of the team.
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