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Opinion: Returning Ger like a new signing for Rangers, Gerrard has decision to make

Jamie Murphy originally joined Glasgow Rangers on 6 January 2018 on a short loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, and settled immediately.

The Gers had agreed a fee for the winger to move to Ibrox in the summer, making the deal permanent.

At the start of the 2018-19 campaign, Murphy was one of Rangers’ best players before the versatile attacker suffered a devastating blow.

The new signing sustained a serious knee ligament problem in August, which knocked him out of the first team for the whole season. 

By the time Murphy was fit, Rangers had Ryan Kent from Liverpool on loan, who was establishing himself in the side with many brilliant displays. 

Murphy only managed to get involved in two substitute spots during the first half of this season.

The decision was made by Rangers for the 30-year-old to go on loan to get first-team football elsewhere, and it worked out really well.

Nigel Clough persuaded Murphy to join him at League One side Burton Albion, and that worked out extremely well for both parties.

Murphy has taken to Twitter to confirm he has left Burton to go back to Rangers, after an excellent, yet brief, loan spell south of the border.

The Rangers winger was a huge success at Burton from January to the season stopped in March – seven goals and two assists in 10 matches is a great return.

He now has Ryan Kent, Jordan Jones and Brandon Barker to contend with, after returning to Ibrox.

With Murphy entering the last year of his contract at Rangers, he will have to prove himself quickly to win Steven Gerrard over and command a regular starting place. 

Now completely over his injury and having rediscovered his scoring boots, the winger should still be a big asset to the Light Blues squad.

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