Rangers' Jamie Murphy puts 'down moments' behind him after a season out
Jamie Murphy admits there were "days where you felt like you were never going to play football again" as he prepares to return to Rangers action.
The 29-year-old forward suffered a knee ligament injury in August that ruled him out for the rest of the season.
"There are some down moments and some highs, but I am glad I managed to get there in the end," he told Rangers TV.
"It has been long and it's the longest amount of time I have ever missed in my career, so it has been tough."
Murphy, who joined Rangers in January 2018 and made his loan move from Brighton & Hove Albion permanent last summer, was injured against Kilmarnock just as he was establishing himself as an important part of new manager Steven Gerrard's starting line-up.
He admits that there were also "days where you feel like you can play tomorrow".
"There was a lot of speaking to friends and family," he said. "It is about trying to keep a level head and work hard every day to get back to where I am now.
"I got great advice at the start. There are peaks and valleys - it's never a straight re-hab and it's never good all the way through."
Murphy, capped twice for Scotland, was back training with the first team before the end of last season but has had a more tailored close season to most of his team-mates as he prepares to make a competitive return.
"I have had a couple of weeks off and then a couple of weeks in," he revealed.
"Coming back in, I have obviously not trained for a long time, but that has really helped me and set me on a good road."