Rangers are blessed with a whole host of attacking talent at the moment. 

The Gers not only have two of the best strikers in Scotland in Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, but Steven Gerrard has plenty of options in wide positions too.

As such, you would assume that it’s going to be difficult for Jamie Murphy to force his way back into his manager’s plans anytime soon, after having played just twice since returning from a cruciate ligament injury in October.

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And that’s the opinion of ex-Bear Alan Hutton too.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He was doing well previously, it was a shame obviously the injury happened. For him personally, it’s about playing. Me, I would want to hold onto him but I think he’s got to go out and play.

“Maybe the ideal situation would be going out on loan and getting the minutes to get up to speed. The period Rangers are in at the moment, yes there’s lots of games but you need people firing.

“You can’t allow people like himself three, four or five games to come in and get that match sharpness. He needs that now Gerrard.

“I do like him so maybe it would be best for him to go out on loan to come back but Gerrard looks like he could be trimming the squad so it might be a permanent move away.”

You can’t help feeling that Hutton might be right.

After all, Murphy has never really found his rhythm at Ibrox, hitting just six goals in 29 appearances, and given the multitude of options available to the boss at the present moment in time, it would be no surprise to see him leave in January.

The only really question is whether it will be a permanent exit or not.

Certainly, the one thing you would say on the matter is that it would be somewhat unorthodox to send a 30-year-old out on loan for any serious period of time, especially considering how little he has offered during his time in Glasgow.

That may sound harsh, but facts are facts, and through no fault of his own even, Murphy has found himself on the outside looking in.

It’s time to move on.

In other news, ‘One for the future’ – Hutton raves about ‘hungry’ Rangers starlet.

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