JAMIE MURPHY has admitted he is revelling in the limelight as a Rangers player.

The winger, on loan from Brighton until the end of the season, said: “Down south, sometimes you can walk down the middle of the street and it’s fine.

“Nobody really cares. Nobody knows who you are. It’s certainly not the case up here.

“There is much more passion about football and that’s the way I grew up. That’s the way it should be.

“Is it hard to adjust? No, not really. When you play for Rangers, you know what comes with it.

“I was a fan for long enough. It used to be me looking at players who were walking down the street. You know what comes with it. As long as they are nice about it, then it’s not a problem.

“I’m just delighted to be back up and playing football.”

Murphy, 28, won his debut cap for Scotland on Friday night when he was introduced late in the second-half by Alex McLeish in the 1-0 loss against Costa Rica at Hampden last week.

He added: “Three months ago, I was playing in an Under-23s game at Brighton’s training ground on a Friday night, so I’m just delighted to be involved.

“It’s hard not playing. It’s something I’ve always done since I played first team at 17 or 18 years of age.

“However, it’s an honour to play for your country and get the first cap. It’s something I have always worked hard for.

“We were disappointed to lose. Costa Rica are a side that’s going to the World Cup, but we were disappointed to lose at home.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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