Jackie McNamara has hailed the temporary loan exit of Rangers winger Jamie Murphy after he completed a switch to League One club Burton Albion.

The 30-year-old completed the move recently after struggling to force his way back into Steven Gerrard’s plans after a cruciate injury made him miss the majority of last season.

Murphy has only featured twice in this campaign, completing 57 minutes of action for the Ibrox club against Hamilton and Ross County.

McNamara was a big fan of the switch for Murphy, claiming it gives the winger the best chance of forging a future back at Rangers past this season.

“Yeah, I think that’s an important thing for him, to get that, to get the game time,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“For the numbers (of options at Rangers), to get back playing, that’s the most important thing.”

Gerrard has strengthened his options out wide considerably in the past couple of seasons. The permanent arrivals of Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo has brought along great success, and with the likes of Greg Stewart waiting to step in, Murphy could be facing an uphill battle to return.

Given the fact that Rangers have improved so dramatically since Murphy’s absence, there appears to be little to no chance of him having a future at Ibrox.

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