Jamie Murphy made his long awaited return for Rangers on Sunday, coming on from the bench in their 5-0 win against Hamilton Academical.
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The former Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion winger replaced Steven Davis after 64 minutes of the match and helped the Gers storm to the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
It was an emotional comeback for the 30-year-old, who has been out of action since August 2018 after picking up a nasty cruciate ligament injury.
After the game, he tweeted his thanks to everyone for their support during his time out of the team. The post read: “Thank you to everyone who has supported me over these last 14 months. Family, friends, teammates, staff and football fans from all over. I couldn’t have done it without you. Excited now to move on with the rest of my footballing career, which I hope will be in a blue jersey.”
Prior to his injury, Murphy was a regular in the starting 11 for the Ibrox club. After signing in January 2018 he started all 11 league matches until the end of that season, scoring four goals and providing five assists (via Transfermarkt).
He then continued to impress at the beginning of the 2018/19 campaign under Steven Gerrard, starting both of their opening two Scottish Premiership matches and appearing in five out of six Europa League matches before picking up his injury.
Naturally, the Rangers fans are delighted to see the winger back in action after such a torrid time. Plenty of them were quick to express their delight that he is back fit and ready for action on Twitter, here is what some of them had to say…
Brill to have you back Jamie, hope you can recover the form you began to show before the awful injury.
— Rob (@rob_goldie) October 7, 2019
Outstanding to see you back. Good luck. Now for 55. 🔴⚪️🔵
— David (@BF4Loyal) October 7, 2019
Glad you are back in the team Jamie. Lets Go!! 🔴⚪🔵
— Scott (ScotiaRLA) – Rangers Lotto Agent (@ScottR25017935) October 7, 2019
You’ll be like a new signing, Jamie. 👍🏻
Can’t believe that’s been 14 months though … 😳
— Rangers Retro ⚽️ (@RangersRetroPod) October 8, 2019
Great to have you back @Jamiemurphy89 keep fighting hard you’ll have a part to play in achieving #55 c’mon the rangers watp 🔴⚪🔵👍
— true blue 1970 (@wullielittle) October 7, 2019
Good to have you back @Jamiemurphy89 and you looked sharp too. Keep it up mate.
— Graham Barr (@GrahamBarr16) October 7, 2019
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Brilliant seeing you back on park. Was there as well when you done your injury and could tell it was serious. Now kick on and make up for lost time. All the best 💙
— Gazzas flute (@seankbomb) October 7, 2019