KIERAN McKechnie was delighted to be back on the pitch this afternoon after a long-term injury saw him sidelined for over eight months.

The 19-year-old played half an hour in today’s Development Squad friendly match against Motherwell after making his comeback from the knee injury.

McKechnie had an operation in May last year before the long eight-month recovery period.

Speaking to RangersTV after the game he said:

I was buzzing to get back on the pitch, I know that it will take time to get my touch back and that but it was great to be back on the pitch again.

“I probably should have scored but I know it will come soon. I’m just aiming to get minutes just now and hopefully I can start adding goals in other games as well.”

The Gers were 3-0 up at the break thanks to goals from Josh McPake, Glenn Middleton and Jamie Barjonas.

McKechnie added: “I think we started well in the first-half just doing the simple things right and we were clinical and into the second-half we kind of slipped off it and gave them a chance.

“The message was just keep doing what you’re doing and make sure it doesn’t slip because if we make one mistake it can create a chance for them.

“We controlled most of the game but just one little mistake at the back just let them through on goal.”

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