sport news Rangers closing in on deal for Brighton's Jamie Murphy 

Rangers are closing in on their first signing of 2018 as a £1million-plus deal for Jamie Murphy nears completion.

The former Motherwell and Sheffield United attacker, a key player in Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League last season, has managed only a handful of appearances for Chris Hughton’s men in the top flight.

Left out of the squad for Monday's 2-2 draw at home to Bournemouth, the boyhood Rangers fan has long featured on the wanted list drawn up by Ibrox director of football Mark Allen.

Rangers are close to completing a £1million-plus deal for Brighton winger Jamie Murphy

Rangers are close to completing a £1million-plus deal for Brighton winger Jamie Murphy

With Josh Windass still the subject of interest from Preston North End, the need for a goal-scoring wide man could soon become even more pressing.

And Sportsmail understands that Rangers and Brighton are close to reaching an agreement for the 28-year-old.

While Murphy returns north, Ibrox full-back James Tavernier has been urged to reject the chance to join English Championship strugglers because his improved displays with Rangers could land him a bigger move.

Former Rangers and midfielder Alex Rae was hugely impressed with Tavernier’s performance in the

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