Rangers winger Jamie Murphy made his return to action for the Gers in yesterday’s 2-1 bounce game win over Hamilton at Auchenhowie and is delighted to be back playing for the Light Blues after a loan stint with Burton Albion.

Murphy has been on the fringes during Steven Gerrard’s time in charge after suffering a serious knee injury early into his reign before spending the second half of last season out on loan.

The veteran admits it was good to be playing again after lockdown and hopes he impressed, even if it was just a bounce game.

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“It was good to get back out and play some football. The world has had a tough time of it being in lockdown so it was good to get back out and get playing,” Murphy told Rangers TV.

 

“It was enjoyable (being in a Rangers shirt again). You always want to be here and you always want to play here, so to get back out there and start with a win was all good.

“You always look at yourself first before everything, but we won the game and even though it’s a pre-season friendly, you want to go out and win and try to contribute.

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“Hopefully I did that.”

Gerrard isn’t short of options on the left wing and Murphy will face some serious competition for first-team games this season with the likes of Ryan Kent ahead of him.

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 former Motherwell and Brighton star could have an important role to play though and his loan stint at Burton saw him find some impressive form before the season was halted.

The winger still has one year left on his Ibrox contract so it’ll be interesting to see whether the Gers try to cash in or whether he’s given the chance to play his part and possibly win a new deal.

 

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