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Alex McLeish has claimed that Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy “could do worse” than moving to Rangers in the January window.

The Chronicle have reported that the Bears are keen to add the versatile midfielder to their squad next month, as his contract comes to an end at St James’ Park.

Rangers are said to be circling in the hope of tempting Murphy with a move to Ibrox, after his limited minutes in the Premier League – something McLeish admits should tempt the winger.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “If he’s trying to get his career on track again. If he’s stumbling at the moment, he has looked an exciting talent, full of pace.

“I’m sure he will be putting all the cards on the table decided whether he’s going to stay in England or coming to Rangers – a lot of the guys in England don’t appreciate how big they are, but when they come, then they soon find out.

“Murphy could do worse than Rangers, it’s a big money thing, then again, Rangers have to watch the pennies.”

Given that McLeish suggested we need to watch the pennies, a potential free transfer for a Premier League player could be perfect.

The 25-year-old has completed 599 minutes in the English top-flight this season, playing out wide and at right-back, and could provide great cover for the likes of James Tavernier.

Looking at his heat map, this is exactly the sort of player that Rangers and Gerrard need, with this versatility a massive plus at Ibrox.

The Bears will need to be smart to not disrupt the success in this current squad, but the possibility of bringing Murphy to Ibrox on a free could surely be too good to pass.

In other Rangers news, McLeish casts doubt on reported Bears swoop for 24-year-old

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