Rangers Development Squad boss Graeme Murty has hailed a “brilliant end to the story” as Kieran McKechnie made his return to action after eight months out in the 3-1 friendly win over Motherwell – and hopes the midfielder can kick on and “really move forward.”

McKechnie has been out since undergoing knee surgery in May and Murty knows it will have been hard for the 18-year-old to make it back onto the pitch.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 22: Rangers manager Graeme Murty looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hearts at Ibrox Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The midfielder replaced Josh McPake for the final 30 minutes and almost got his name on the scoresheet for Rangers, with Murty admitting that his team-mates were delighted for him to be back.

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“He has just had a little ripple from the players there because everyone knows what it is like when you are injured,” Murty told RangersTV.

“It is hard and it can be a dark, dark place at times when you are struggling a little bit but it is made for him to come back onto a pitch like this and get half an hour with his mates that he hasn’t had for a while.

 

“It is a brilliant end to the story or hopefully that chapter of his career and hopefully he can kick on from here.

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“He has got a big smile on his face, he’s feeling a little bit tired but in a good way. I’m really pleased for him and hopefully, he can put that bit to bed now and really move forward.”

 

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