Winning promotion to the English Premier League and becoming a father for the third time – it’s been quite a week for Yoker-born Jamie Murphy.

The former Motherwell striker had an Easter weekend to remember after helping Brighton beat Wigan 2-1 last Monday.

The 27-year-old, along with his teammates, celebrated long into the night with fans, including crowdsurfing on the train and being carried down the streets of Brighton by supporters.

And that followed his wife Nadine giving birth to his son Jay.

It’s been an unforgettable period for the family man, who will now mix it with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard and Paul Pogba.

And he puts a large part of his success down to the hard work of his mum and dad, who made the trip down from Hardgate to watch their son clinch promotion along with Jamie’s wife and other children Sophie and Hallie.

He said: “My mum and dad used to take me to all my games and all the training sessions over in Motherwell and my dad would never miss a game, they’re a big part of why I am here today.

“It was a busy weekend, but it’s one I won’t forget in a while. Obviously the two wins and to have the baby on the Saturday night and then win promotion on Monday, it was a great.

“The chairman had sorted out a bar for all the staff and players to go and have a good night, which we did.

“Even on the way into town it was a great experience to be with the fans on the train. Getting carried down the road by fans is something you won’t forget.”

Brighton have exceeded everyone’s expectations, after reaching the play-offs last season many expected them to not be able to back up that performance this campaign.

And Murphy believes it’s the togetherness within the Seagulls’ squad that has helped their rise to the top, and that was something that was epitomised last November.

Seagulls’ teammate Anthony Knockaert’s father Patrick unexpectedly passed away last year.

Murphy, along with several other first-team players and manager Chris Hughton travelled to France to attend Patrick’s funeral in a further show of support.

Murphy added: “It was a decision that was made by all of us, it was a surprise to everyone, including Anthony himself at the time.

“We went over to show support and he was very grateful for that, and sometimes things like that bring you together.

“We’re by far the closest and best team in the league, you can maybe look at other teams and say that they’ve got better players, but I think definitely as a team we’ve been the best and hopefully we can top that off with winning the league.”

One more win for Brighton will give them the title, and Murphy is hoping his form can earn him a Scotland cap.

The former Knightswood Secondary pupil was called up to Gordon Strachan’s squad last year for friendlies against the Czech Republic and Denmark in March, but did not come on.

And despite Strachan having no contact at all with the player since then, he hopes he can force his way into the manager’s thoughts.

The former Sheffield United man said: “You never know, all I can try to do is the best I can.

“If I’m not getting picked then it’s up to me to do things better and to work a little bit harder and it’s always something I’m trying to improve on.”

Potential international call-ups and reaching the Premier League may have all seemed like distant memories 10 years ago this month when he made his debut at Celtic Park for Motherwell.

He added: “Scott Macdonald was ill or injured and I got called into the squad, and I managed to come off the bench in the last 10-15 minutes, and it was a great experience and to have my family there at the time was a big thing.”

Murphy has fond memories of Scotland, and after recently buying a house north of the border, the winger and his family plan to move back “home” at some point in the future.

But when that is the forward is unsure of. He has one year remaining on his deal with Brighton and is enjoying his time in Sussex.

He said: “We’ve just bought a house back home, but things are obviously going well down here and we’re definitely enjoying it.

“I’m sure I will at one point [move back to Scotland].

“After my career I’m definitely going to live back at home and we’ve bought the house so the kids can get good schooling.”