Rangers winger Jamie Murphy played 45 minutes as the Rangers development side came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Hibernian.
Murphy continued his rehabilitation from injury with the much-needed game time for Graeme Murty’s side.
But with increased competition in the wide areas at Ibrox, is there a way back for the former Brighton wide man?
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You’d love to say yes.
Murphy is a bluenose at heart and the notion that a horrible injury could ruin his chances to make it with the club he loves is a difficult pill to swallow.
But just over a year on from when Murphy first picked up that season-ending knee ligament injury the winger finds himself fighting for fitness in the club’s development side.
What makes the entire thing more frustrating is the fact that Jamie Murphy was playing an important role in the side. We missed him last season.
But with the likes of Scott Arfield, Sheyi Ojo, Greg Stewart, Jordan Jones and Ryan Kent the main options in Murphy’s position, will the Scotland international ever get a run of games in the side?
With every point a prisoner and Rangers under pressure to deliver, it is unlikely Murphy will get a chance to build his fitness with the first-team.
It’s also clear there will be no sympathy under Steven Gerrard, at least when it comes to his squad.
If Murphy is given a chance in the first XI – which you imagine he will be eventually – then much the same as everyone else he’s going to have to grab it to keep it.
Otherwise, his Rangers career threatens to be ruined by that injury at Rugby Park last year.