There`s no doubt that Jamie Murphy is Rangers through and through, and it would be fantastic news for the club if we do secure him on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
Speaking about his future to the Daily Record, the 28 year old says he is sure that he`ll be playing at Ibrox next campaign:
‘I expect to be here next season, absolutely. I`m already a Rangers player in my mind. Everyone knew how much I wanted this when I got the opportunity and to be fair the manager was great at Brighton – he knew I wanted to come here. They had a big FA Cup game against Manchester United this weekend but, to me, playing against Celtic is a bigger game.’
We currently have him on loan from Brighton until the summer, but reports suggest that a deal has been agreed in principle for our current no.28 to make his return to Scotland a permanent one.
He has certainly added a cutting edge on the left hand side since his arrival in January. Three goals and six assists in 11 appearances is certainly an excellent return, and if he keeps this form up we can expect some great moments for him in a Gers shirt.
What is most important for me though is his passion for the club. One of the biggest issues in recent seasons is the signing of players who just don`t get what it means to play for Rangers. Some of those that come through the door are just journeyman, picking up another pay check, while others see us a stepping stone to greater things down south.
For this club to rise back to the top, there has to be a settled core who see us as their end destination. For Murphy, the Old Firm games are the height of football. The same for Kenny Miller and Lee Wallace, but how many others in the squad could you say that is the case for?
It`s a difficult balancing act. You have to bring in players of the necessary quality to perform at a level that can compete with the best, but you don`t want a group of players who are disconnected with the team they play for.
Hopefully, the likes of Murphy will lead to more players coming to the club that combine that passion with the quality needed to win matches and trophies. Do you want Murphy to stay? Let me know in the poll.