Injury ruined Jamie Murphy’s 2018/19 season.

The 29-year-old winger was unable to build on a promising start to life at Ibrox during the second half of last season, because of a serious knee problem picked up at Kilmarnock in August.

Murphy joined from Brighton in January 2018. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Just a handful of games into the season and Steven Gerrard’s reign, Murphy was stricken.

He’s had to watch on ever since, while Ryan Kent has made the left flank his own.

However, there’s now some light at the end of the tunnel.

The Scotland international returned to full training a fortnight ago, almost nine months after his last appearance.

He could be seen preparing with the squad in advance of the final fixture of the season, too. However, it was deemed too risky to rush him back. Especially, considering the game was on the artificial Rugby Park surface on which he sustained his injury in the first place.

Murphy started the season well, but only managed eight appearances. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The timing of his return is unfortunate, considering he will have to wait several months before he gets an opportunity to play.

Yet, after so much treatment and rehab, you get the impression he’s just happy to be able to kick a ball again.

On Sunday, he posted a heartfelt thank you message on Twitter to the club’s medical staff. With his return to fitness seemingly complete, plenty of Bears are buzzing about what he will offer the side next season.

Here’s a selection of responses:

 

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