Sunday afternoon couldn’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 Gerrard’s men crushed Hamilton 5-0.
FULL-TIME: Rangers 5-0 Hamilton
A 🔝 Sunday at Ibrox. pic.twitter.com/ciYFaNISu6
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 6, 2019
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].
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 isn’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.
Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:
Love Jamie Murphy. Really underrated player. Hope he makes a full recovery and plays a big part in some silverware this season.
— bigrabsays (@bigrabsays) October 6, 2019
I know Jamie Murphy didn't have much game time but thought he looked sharp and done well considering his injury and time out, hope the boy kicks on and can be regular in the squad again.
— john mckenzie (@glesgakinsy) October 6, 2019
So good to see Jamie Murphy make a comeback today ,delighted for the lad ⚽️🙌
— John Anderson (@jockey1872) October 6, 2019
Dreams come true… keep up the good work 👍
— Doogster (@Big_D66) October 6, 2019
Great to see Jamie Murphy back today as well after his bad injury
— Ryan Harvie (@rharv89) October 6, 2019
Another fantastic performance. Liked Polster when he came on and good to see Jamie Murphy back. Top of the league. Superb 🔴⚪️🔵
— Carol (@Cazztee) October 6, 2019
Good to see Jamie Murphy back today eh?
No easy for a player to be out for so long. Looked good when he came on.
— Aye Ready Eddy (@NewCo55) October 6, 2019
Totally Davis is so sublime tbh also great to see Jamie Murphy back to he done so well when he came on & was so unlucky not to score imo.
— true blue 1970 (@wullielittle) October 6, 2019
Massive shoutout to Jamie Murphy btw, out the whole of last year and keeping his will to keep on working unlike some others who suffered long injuries.
The man clearly wants to be apart of this, looked half decent coming off the bench as well.
Commitment to the cause.
— 𝓢𝓬𝓸𝓽𝓽❕ (@RakoTuke) October 6, 2019
Jamie Murphy back too great to see !!!! What a day !!!
— Spencer ⚔️🏴🇬🇧 (@Luca1889) October 6, 2019
Top of the league
Great to see jamie murphy back out there and great to see polster get some game time some very good decisions on the ball
Welcome to the party 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
— Niko bellic (@bellic1879) October 6, 2019