Brighton boss Graham Potter has given an update on the current situation with Celtic linked forward Glenn Murray, after he sat out his side’s FA Cup tie at the weekend.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon is said to be keen on bringing in a new forward this month, and the prospects of it being veteran striker Murray (linked by The Scottish Mail on Sunday – 05/01 print edition, back page) seemed to receive a boost after he was left out of the 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
Many reckoned that meant Murray was on his way to Glasgow. However, Potter has revealed that his absence was down to an injury suffered in training, in the lead up to the game.
“It was unfortunate for him and unfortunate for us,” he told The Argus.
“I think it would have been good for us to use him and it would have been good for him. But these things happen.
“There were a few bumps and bruises after the period we have had.”
Potter comments shouldn’t change Murray signing possibility
The Brighton based paper also revealed that Celtic had not made contact with the English side over Murray, as of last night. That development isn’t exactly surprising but it does give us an indication that Murray isn’t top of Neil Lennon’s January shortlist.
Chances are that we see the experienced forward as a back-up option that could be secured pretty easily if we fail with all of our other targets.
That’s not a bad position to be in, however there will still be some questions over Murray’s fitness. He hasn’t played 90 minutes for Brighton since a cup tie at Bristol Rovers in August.
To be fair, he wouldn’t often be asked to start games for us either. But it may be nice to have a player with a few more minutes under his belt, to rely on if we really need a goal in a crucial league game.
That’s why a move for Andraz Sporar or similar seems more preferable.