Rangers winger Jamie Murphy has sent an emotional message to fans, friends, family and colleagues after his 14-month injury nightmare ended on Sunday as he made his competitive return for the Gers in the 5-0 thrashing of Hamilton at Ibrox.

Murphy was a second-half substitute as the Gers recorded a second successive 5-0 win at home as he made his comeback from a serious knee injury suffered in August 2018 away to Kilmarnock.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 12: Jamie Murphy of Rangers celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The winger thanked everyone who has supported him as he opened up on his excitement to move on with his career – hoping he can play out the remainder as a Rangers player after getting back to fitness.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me over these last 14 months,” Murphy said on Twitter.

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“Family, friends, teammates, staff and football fans from all over. I couldn’t have done it without you. Excited now to move on with the rest of my footballing career, which I hope will be in a blue jersey.”

After initially signing on loan from Brighton, Murphy made his move permanent last summer but was injured shortly afterwards, ruling him out for the majority of Steven Gerrard’s first year in charge.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 28: Jamie Murphy of Rangers takes a look around the pitch prior to the Betfred Scottish League Cup Semi Final between Aberdeen and Rangers at Hampden Park on October 28, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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His return to the side comes at a good time for the Gers with Ryan Kent, Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones all picking up injuries in the last month or so.

If he can get back to his best and return to the sort of form that saw him score six times and contribute 13 assists in 27 appearances in a misfiring Gers side, he could be a massive addition to Gerrard’s squad in the race for the title.

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