I MUST admit that I was surprised when I learned that Rangers were prepared to pay a ransfer fee of around £1 million to get Jamie Murphy.

The Ibrox club spent nigh on £10 million strengthening the squad in the summer and many of the new recruits have failed to justify the outlay on them since.

I suspected that we would only see players arriving on loan during the January transfer window because of that.

But if Murphy puts pen to paper then it will be money well spent. It will be a great bit of business.

He is a smashing footballer. He has played at a good level down south with both Sheffield United and Brighton. Plus, he knows the Scottish game.

I have watched Jamie in action down south on numerous occasions on television and have always liked what I have seen.

The former Motherwell man likes to come in off the left hand side and take men on. He has got great pace. He can create chances and score goals.

Nine times out of ten he goes forward when he receives the ball. He attacks the full-back, gets to the byline, comes inside. I think he will be a huge asset for the club.

In fact, I think he will be nothing short of a revelation at Ibrox.

He is the sort of player who gets bums on seats and then gets fans on their feet. He is the kind of player who supporters love to watch.

His abilities as a player are obviously what are important. But the fact that he is a Rangers fan and was a one-time season ticket holder at Ibrox will also be important.

I think that will help him to settle in quickly and make an immediate impact. He will be in his element. I am sure he will consider going to his boyhood heroes to be the best move he has made in his career.

In the first half of the season it has been suggested that Rangers need more players who know what Rangers are about and who know the Scottish game. Well, he ticks both of those boxes. He is exactly the sort the clubs needs.

Fair play to Rangers for spending a bit of money. Most people thought they didn’t have any cash to spent. But they clearly do. It shows how keen they are to improve and finish in second spot at the very least this season.

I would be telling lies if I said that I knew of Sean Goss, the Queens Park Rangers midfielder, before he joined Rangers on loan until the end of the season on Wednesday.

I don’t think many Rangers fans had heard of the boy before this week. But I have seen clips of the 22-year-old in action online since and have been impressed with what I have seen.

Now, you are only ever likely to see the very best of a player when you see highlights of a footballer, but the thing which has struck me about him is that he is a fabulous passer of the ball. He very rarely gives the ball away. He has a very cultured left foot. He is a big lad and loves a tackle as well.

It remains to be seen whether he can do it in front of 50,000 people at Ibrox. Lots of players look great in training. But will he go missing when things aren’t going to plan and supporters are getting restless? Or will he rise to the challenge? Can he handle being a Rangers player?

I know he has been at Manchester United and has played in the English Championship for Queens Park Rangers. He looks the part from what I will see of him. But he will quickly discover that second best isn’t good enough in Glasgow.

It is, though, definitely worth bringing him in until the end of the season on loan. He could very well fit in and be a great signing. Graeme is short in his department.

If Carlos Pena leaves for Cruz Azul in Mexico, where his former manager Pedro Caixinha has taken over, it will bring an end to a great week for Rangers.

He hasn’t done an awful lot since arriving in Scotland in the summer. He has scored a few good goals, but for the money which Rangers paid for him he has been a big disappointment. He hasn’t looked happy here.

When he came we were told he was a human dynamo, a hard-working box to box midfielder. But there was no evidence of that when he played. For me, a No.10 is a player who can get on the ball a lot, can use it well, can create chances, score goals and is involved for the 90 minutes.

It would be good if Caixinha, who sanctioned the £2.2 million signing, was the man to take Pena back to Mexico. It will be wonderful if his loan goes through. Hopefully there will be a few more of the new faces who arrived in the summer following him out of the exit door.