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MURPHY HEADS FOR IBROX EXIT

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JAMIE MURPHY is heading out of Rangers with boss Steven Gerrard willing to do a loan deal for the winger.

The former Motherwell and Sheffield United star has seen his been unlucky with injuries since his £1million arrival from Brighton last year.

Murphy, 29, has been hampered with a cruciate knee problem, but returned to full training this summer and featured in the team’s pre-season friendlies.

However, he has dropped down the pecking order following the arrivals of Jordan Jones, Sheyi Ojo, Jake Hastie and Brandon Barker.

Glenn Middleton chose to leave the club during the week to get game-time at Hibs after agreeing a season-long contract.

Gerrard, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “Murph is a unique situation because he’s missed a year of football.
“He’s doing everything he can to get back to the level he was at before.

“But the fascinating thing is, is Jamie’s level before good enough to fight for a starting spot here?

“That’s the challenge for him. We need to help him find the best solution to get back to his peak, his A-game, as quickly as he can.

“It’s not going to happen overnight. I predict it could take four to six months.

“I’ll have a chat with Jamie and see what we think is best. But a loan will be one thing on the agenda.

“We’ll give him support and listen to him. If he’s not up for a loan, if he’s not up for reserve games, if he wants to do it through training on his own, we’ll listen and as a group decide.

“But he needs as much football as possible at a decent level to get himself back where he was. Then he can compete for a place here.”

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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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