RANGERS were today delivered the news Jamie Murphy’s season is over, with boss Steven Gerrard declaring himself ‘bitterly disappointed.’
Murphy was stretchered off after just 17 minutes of Sunday’s League Cup win at Kilmarnock, with the Light Blues today discovering the 29 year-old has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, meaning he won’t play again this campaign.
Speaking at this afternoon’s media conference, boss Steven Gerrard said: “We have had the confirmation, just, and unfortunately it is sad news for Jamie and I am bitterly disappointed over it.
“He will be missing for the remainder of the season. He has an ACL injury and we got the news we all didn’t want.
“He is coming to terms with it now, but at the beginning, he was upset as you can understand. He is a player that loves plying the game and he has been excellent for me since day one.
“I think we are trying to look for the positives out of it now, and I think that Jamie does everything he can in terms of his rehab and he comes back in the best physical condition he can come back in to get back as quick as possible.
“But we will give him every bit of support he needs from now until the moment he comes back for us and we will stick with him. He is a very important player for us for many, many years, so I am disappointed he will be missing for the rest of the season, but we will be waiting for him next season for sure.”
Gerrard was quizzed if the artificial playing surface at Kilmarnock had any impact on Murphy’s impact, but he replied: “It’s not important. The important thing is we have lost a very good player, so that certainly weakens us. The important thing now is the player’s welfare, and we need to give him every bit of care. We will make sure we send him to the right people, the experts he needs to see and we all stick with him and we help him.
“It is a tough, lonely place when you are out for that long, but I am sure all the players will give him the support he needs to keep his spirits up and we will get him back as soon as possible.
“Whether I blame the pitch now or not, it’s not important.”
Gerrard also confirmed at today’s media conference Lassana Coulibaly will miss tomorrow’s Europa League play-off clash with Ufa at Ibrox.