The Scottish winger has been in England since leaving Motherwell for Sheffield United in 2013 and has since went on to play in League One and the Championship before finding games hard to come by with the Seagulls’ promotion to the Premier League.
Having made just five appearances in the first half of the season, Murphy is obviously keen to get first team football and Rangers appear willing to offer him that.
And a reported £1million-plus move for him should excite Rangers fans. Here’s why:
He Scores Goals Like This
His Record in Scotland is Good
In 215 appearances for Motherwell, Murphy scored 50 goals – and that’s a very decent return considering it was the start of his career and he played predominately off the left. You would imagine, with the experience of playing against better players for the last five years, he’d have a better return with Rangers.
He’s in His Peak
Rangers would be signing a 28-year-old with plenty of upside. There’s no sign of him losing his quality or pace over the next few years and he’d join the club ready to contribute straight away to Graeme Murty’s team. That’s the sort of quality Rangers need more of after previous transfer windows spent signing unknown talent on the main.
Rangers Need Quality Off the Left
After Barrie McKay’s exit, a left winger was needed at Rangers, even with Josh Windass in the team regularly. He’s actually played more centrally under Murty and that’s proved fruitful for the team, but he may be better suited to moving inside and allowing Murphy to play regularly from the left.
Sheffield United and Brighton Fans Love Him
Stuart McCall is a Big Fan
Stuart McCall managed him at Motherwell and has been impressed with him since he left Fir Park, saying: “The improvement I’ve seen in Jamie – I think it was good he went to Sheffield United, I think that was a good stepping block but he’s then got another move.
“I think sometimes boys coming from Scotland down to England – can you go to a club where you’re going to play regularly? Jamie’s done it well and who’s to say he can’t go higher?
“With the progress he’s making, I speak to people who see Brighton a lot and Jamie’s been doing well and I’m really pleased with what he’s done over the last couple of days.
“And he should be confident. He’s playing at a top level, for a good side who are aiming to get into the Premier League.”