Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rangers interest in young Irish striker

Young Arsenal striker Rhys Murphy, who has recently declared for Ireland, is attracting strong interest from Glasgow Rangers.

Murphy, 20, has already been training with the Ibrox club and recently played in a trial game against Hamilton.

West Sussex-born Murphy, whose grandfather hails from Dublin has declared for Ireland, with sources saying the processing of his application by the FAI is well advanced.

Rangers boss Ally McCoist has confirmed the club’s interest in the Arsenal reserve, saying this week: "He is going to come up and join us again towards the end of next week for the following week’s training just to have a look at him."

Murphy also trained with Middlesbrough and was given a run-out in a pre-season game against Carlisle before heading north to Ibrox. There are also reports that Liverpool have expressed an interest in the striker.

Regarded as a clinical finisher, Murphy is a product of the Arsenal Academy and netted some vital goals for the U18s in their double-winning season of 2009.

Murphy’s declaration for Ireland means that should a move to Ibrox come off, it would make him one of only a handful of Irish players who have been on Glasgow Rangers’ books in the club’s history.

The most recent was Cobh-born goalkeeper Alan Smith, who joined the club from Crumlin United in 2010 and was subsequently called into the Irish U18 squad.