Glasgow Rangers winger Jamie Murphy played only eight games last season, due to his disastrous and very unlucky cruciate ligament injury.

The flying attacker started in the Gers’ first three SPFL games against Aberdeen, St Mirren and Kilmarnock, before picking up the serious injury.

Murphy also started five of Rangers’ Europa League qualifiers, which shows exactly what Ibrox chief Steven Gerrard thought of the winger.

Could the Gers have won any silverware, had they not lost the talent of Murphy for the majority of last season?

The badly-missed Murphy is over his injury worries and thanked the club’s medical staff for being a huge part of the extremely long recovery process.

The 29-year-old insists that without the medical expert advice and patience shown to him, he would possibly not have made it back to top-level football.

The Rangers winger trained with the first-team squad on occasions near the end of last season, but great care was taken with his progress to have him right for the upcoming campaign.

After months of careful rehab and specialised knee exercises, he is finally in full-time training with the rest of the Gers squad.

He was given a 30-minute starting slot against Mansfield Town in the 2-0 victory friendly, that featured everybody taken to Portugal’s training camp.

It is very doubtful if Murphy will feature in the first SPFL match this season, which is at Rugby Park against Kilmarnock.

The coaches will decide when he’ll play on artificial pitches again, and Murphy is fine with that. Rangers have one at Hummel Training Centre.

Rangers play Oxford this Sunday at Ibrox and Gerrard will be thinking of deploying two starting XIs for 45 minutes apiece, using 22 players and maybe a few subs.

This will be followed up on Thursday, July 11 with an away Europa League first leg qualifying round in either Kosovo or Gibraltar.

Murphy will be hoping to play a part in the early season fixtures and show Gerrard that he contributes significantly to the Rangers team.

You can understand why fans are excited for his return given the wideman’s ability and skill.

With a proper pre-season fitness program behind him, here’s hoping Murphy can rediscover his best form and force his way into the starting Rangers XI.

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