Sunday afternoon couldnโ€™t have gone much better for Rangers.

Firstly, Celtic slipped up as Livingston picked up a deserved 2-0 win over the Hoops at the Toni Macaroni Arena. Then, having been handed the chance to go top, Steven Gerrardโ€™s men crushed Hamilton 5-0.

It was a good day for several individuals, too. Jermain Defoe grabbed a second hat-trick of the season, Borna Barisic scored an excellent free-kick, Connor Goldson netted his fourth of the season and James Tavernier bounced back well after a difficult week.

Yet, perhaps the individual moment of the weekend belonged to Jamie Murphy.

The 30-year-old finally made his return to competitive football, coming on for Steven Davis in the 64th minute. It was his first outing for 14 months after he sustained an ACL injury at Rugby Park in August 2018 [Soccerbase].

Murphy spent the vast majority of last season on the sidelines. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Scotland-capped winger took a full part in pre-season but it has taken several months for him to prove to Steven Gerrard, who at one point was keen to send him out on loan [Daily Record], that he has recovered sufficiently to feature.

Not only did he get some minutes in the legs, but he put in a very tidy shift for half an hour and came close to netting. After being released in behind the Accies defence, his attempted finish came off the post, but the flag was up anyway.

Rangers fans praise Murphy after comeback outing

Murphy has overcome significant adversity to get to this stage and for that he deserves recognition.

The ex-Brighton man isnโ€™t going to be the first name on the teamsheet, especially with the return of Ryan Kent and Jordan Jones imminent, but he clearly wants to be a part of this Rangers charge and the fans appreciate him for it.

Hereโ€™s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

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