Despite going the season unbeaten and accumulating over 100 points, Steve Gerrard will want to bolster his squad ahead of next season but Newcastle United’s Jacob Murphy is not someone who would walk straight into the Rangers side, according to former Gers defender Michael Ball.
It was widely thought that Murphy was set to be out of contract this summer, however, those reports were dismissed by the Magpies and Steve Bruce has even talked up the boyhood Newcastle fan, claiming that he wants the winger to be offered a new deal.
Would Murphy start for Rangers?
Murphy has found it tough for a consistent run of games since he joined the Magpies in 2017. That is until Newcastle’s good run of form which has coincided with the former Norwich City winger featuring in the last 11 Premier League games.
Gerrard will know that Rangers can’t afford to rest on their laurels and additions must be brought in to improve the side, however, Murphy would not be one who could expect to start immediately if he did move to Ibrox, according to Ball, who spoke exclusively to This is Futbol:
“Jacob Murphy has had a great season and he would be a great addition to the squad, but he would have to earn his stripes and prove that he deserves to be in the starting line-up.
“Steven will have faith in those players so he would have to come in and show that he deserves to start ahead of them because that Rangers team have made history this season.”
Murphy has often stepped up in crucial moments for Newcastle this season, especially in the final third as he netted crucial goals against both Burnley and Wolves before setting up Joe Willock for the winning goal against Sheffield United in front of 10,000 fanatic Geordies.
After the victory against the Blades, the £25,000 per week winger spoke to NUFC TV and he could not hide the smile on his face being able to play in front of fans once again and it gave off the impression that playing for Newcastle means more to him than many others in the squad.