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.
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.
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:
Next season you will make a big difference to the team Jamie 👍🏻
— nicky taylor🇬🇧🏴 (@nickyt3232) May 19, 2019
Best player in the team before injury! Let’s Go next year Jamie 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— Colin Fulton (@twohatsdigital) May 19, 2019
Be great to have you back next season Jamie 👍
— Graeme Cairns (@GraemeCairns) May 19, 2019
You'll be like a new signing next season… #55
— 🔴⚪⭕ Andy.🔴⚪⭕ (@true1872blue) May 19, 2019
Can't wait to see you back in action 🔴⚪🔵
— Lindsey Flood (@LindseyFlood_x) May 19, 2019
I cannot wait to see you on the park again 😍💙
— Carzybear. (@Carzy1994) May 19, 2019
Can't wait to see you back in a Rangers Jersey
— CraigM0808 (@craig_m0808) May 19, 2019
Cannot wait to have u back
— Graeme Pettigrew (@1petti) May 19, 2019
Onto next season ma man 🇬🇧 look forward to seeing you back out there for the famous 🇬🇧🇬🇧
— Alan Macfarlane (@AlanMacfarlane8) May 19, 2019