WITH a wry smile on his face Steven Gerrard turned to Jamie Murphy at this evening’s press conference and said “It is probably a give a way that this guy is sitting here that he might be starting tomorrow.”
So the winger has a space in Gerrard’s starting XI for Rangers Europa League clash against Maribor and Murphy is looking to make an impact on Slovenian soil.
The 28-year-old scored against FK Shkupi in the first qualifying round of the competition and wants to hit the ground running as the Gers look to protect their 3-1 advantage.
Speaking to the media in Maribor he said: “For one if I perform it hopefully means we get through to the next round but I go into every game thinking about trying to score or trying to set up goals.
“Hopefully I can do that if I am playing tomorrow night and it helps us get through.
“I love it, playing in Europe is obviously a big thing and I was lucky enough to do it early on in my career but to do it here at Rangers is extra special.
“I am pretty sure we haven’t shown our best performance yet, it is a long season but we are working towards that.
“Every game I feel we are getting a bit better and doing things a little bit more efficiently than the game previously.
“We did well before the sending off on Saturday so we want to do that again plus more.”
Murphy feels the attacking players have benefitted from the Light Blues rock solid defence. Rangers are yet to go behind in a game since Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic were installed at centre-half, backed by Allan McGregor.
He explained: “The boys at the back have done great, as well as they have attacking as well, Connor got the goal at the weekend and Nikola has popped up with two as well.
“It is good to know that there is that solid base behind you and depending on the tactics we are all going to do it together.
“We will go behind in a game at one point over the season and it is just about how we react to it.”
Away from his teammates Murphy was asked about the impact of Steven Gerrard while briefing the Slovenian media and he was keen not to just single out his boss.
He said: “He has been there and done it all so if we can’t learn off him then who are we going to learn off?
“He has been great, as have all the other staff that have come in. There is a real team ethic around the staff and around the players and that we are all in it together. If we stay all in it together I think we can go a long way.”