Inspiring Rangers winger makes first start in 17 months for loan club
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Inspiring Rangers winger makes first start in 17 months for loan club

Inspiring Rangers winger Jamie Murphy started his first match in 17 months as he made Burton Albion’s starting line-up after joining the League One club on loan.

It was Murphy’s first start since that fateful day at Rugby Park which saw him rupture an anterior cruciate ligament in a 3-1 win at Kilmarnock in September 2018.

The injury saw him stopped in his tracks at Ibrox and it was in Burton’s 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley where he made his return to a first XI.

Murphy, 30, has played for Rangers since the injury, appearing in the 5-0 and 4-0 wins over Hamilton and Ross County respectively as a substitute this season.

But despite being an important member of Steven Gerrard’s squad in early season last campaign, the injury has largely prevented him from breaking back into the Rangers starting XI.

The move to Burton – which was heralded by the club’s supporters – is designed to get the former Motherwell, Sheffield United and Brighton winger back playing football again.

Playing 78 minutes for the League One club, it is a massive step on the likeable winger’s road to recovery and Rangers fans will applaud the news that he achieved this so early in his loan career.

Breaking into a competitive Rangers squad was always going to be difficult when returning from injury and Murphy will now seek to prove himself at the Pirelli Stadium.

Starting a professional match for the first time in months is a big deal for Jamie Murphy as he continues his recovery. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

With 18 months remaining on his current Gers deal, who knows, should he impress perhaps the inspiring winger will get the chance to right those cruel wrongs which hampered him achieving his boyhood dream of winning trophies at Rangers.

Fingers crossed the talented forward man can recapture his best form and help fire the Staffordshire club to promotion.

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