Jamie Murphy returned to first-team action for the first time in 14 months for Rangers on Sunday in the 5-0 victory against Hamilton, afterwards posting a video on Twitter thanking all those who helped him during his prolonged absence.
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 💙 pic.twitter.com/I71sJdg3T1
— Jamie Murphy (@Jamiemurphy89) October 7, 2019
Murphy originally arrived on loan at Rangers from Brighton and made an immediate impact in the last six months of the 2017/18 season, scoring 6 goals and creating 11 assists in 26 appearances. This led to Rangers signing the Scotland international on a permanent deal in the summer, only for him to rupture his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee just as the season was starting.
As a result, there may have been doubts about Murphy’s ability to return to the top level but he has shown his fitness in development games and in training, manager, Steven Gerrard, said via the official Rangers website:
“It’s not just about getting him minutes – I think he deserves to be in the 18 today as he has been pushing in training and looking stronger. I think his strength is coming back in his legs now after a long lay-off. He deserved the opportunity”.
Rangers fans responded in their numbers on Twitter at the sight of seeing the winger return to action.
Outstanding to see you back. Good luck. Now for 55. 🔴⚪️🔵
— David (@BF4Loyal) October 7, 2019
— BBC Scotland Slayer (@Naefearrfc) October 7, 2019
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
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
Great to see you back jamie what a reception you rightly recieved glad you’re injury free, now it’s time for helping us achieve #55 all the best pal 👌
— Marilynne 💙 (@mazza_rfc) October 8, 2019
Thought you looked lean and sharp when you came on yesterday jamie,onwards and upwards in a blue Jersey of course.
— john mckenzie (@glesgakinsy) October 7, 2019
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Good to see you back 🔴⚪🔵 pic.twitter.com/YejvuUrjQb
— ross Johnston (@rossjohnston94) October 7, 2019