Sheffield United: Bob Harris backs Jamie Murphy for Scotland call-up

Jamie Murphy celebrates with team mates after equalising for Sheffield United

Jamie Murphy celebrates with team mates after equalising for Sheffield United

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Jamie Murphy is destined to become a full Scotland international if he continues to terrorise opposition defences, Sheffield United team mate Bob Harris has claimed.

The former Motherwell winger enters tomorrow’s game at Rochdale searching for his 11th goal of the season after scoring a dramatic equaliser against Coventry City last weekend.

Murphy, who recently committed his long-term future to United after signing a new contract with Nigel Clough’s side, has been capped 14 times at under-21 level.

And Harris, his colleague and compatriot, urged Gordon Strachan to consider naming the 25-year-old in the squad for next month’s fixtures against Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

“Jamie’s a great player,” Harris told The Star. “If he keeps going the way he’s going them I’m sure it will come.

“I hope it does happen for him because if anyone deserves it then it’s Jamie.

“He’s been on fire, he’s very consistent. He’s scoring and creating goals.”

Scotland entertain Michael O’Neill’s team in a challenge match at Hampden Park on March 25 before hosting Gibraltar four days later. That contest could have a crucial bearing on the race for a top three finish in Group D of the Euro 2016 qualification tournament ahead of June’s meeting with the Republic of Ireland. Stuart McCall, Murphy’s former manager at Fir Park, is now a member of Strachan’s backroom staff.

Harris, speaking before last weekend’s draw with City, which saw fifth-placed United reduced to 10 men following Jose Baxter’s first-half red card, said: “To get Jamie tied down shows the ambition of the club. Personally, I’m delighted that Jamie wants to stay longer because he’s a great lad to have around the place and, it goes without saying, he’s great to have out there on the pitch too.

“We want to keep our best players and Tel (Terry Kennedy) signing new deal too, it’s a bonus for us.”

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