Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has been discussing his injury lay-off after making his return to first-team action at Ibrox this weekend. Murphy came on in the 5-0 win against Hamilton, 14 months after a horrific knee injury put him on the sidelines.
The Glasgow side signed Murphy on a permanent deal from Brighton last May. It was a welcome move from Rangers, after a successful loan spell. The deal, according to Sky Sports, cost the club around £1 million but he played just eight times before injuring his knee in Europa League action against NK Maribor.
Speaking to Rangers TV after the game, Murphy admitted it has been a rough road back to first-team football.
“It meant a lot. It’s been a hard road back, there’s been a few setbacks so it’s good to finally get back out in front of the fans.
“It’s hard. Every day is hard, you go in and work your best.
“It’s been slow coming back from this injury so I’ve probably had to work extra hard. Every day I’m in there trying to get the opportunity.”
In the summer, it looked as though Murphy was on his way out of Ibrox. As reported by the Daily Record in August, Steven Gerrard was open to letting him go out on loan this summer.
“I’ll have a chat with Jamie and see what we think is best. But a loan will be one thing on the agenda.
“We’ll give him support and listen to him. If he’s not up for a loan, if he’s not up for reserve games, if he wants to do it through training on his own, we’ll listen and as a group decide.”
With the likes of Jordan Jones, Sheyi Ojo, Brandon Barker, and Ryan Kent all arriving, that made sense.
The Scottish Sun reported that Blackpool were keen on the player. So to get back to first-team football at Rangers is a huge testament to the 30-year-old’s will.
Hopefully, he can find himself a regular spot in Steven Gerrard’s Rangers team this season.