STEVEN GERRARD has given an update on Jamie Murphy and Graeme Dorrans as the pair battle back from long-term injuries.
Murphy has been missing since the League Cup win over Kilmarnock in August while Dorrans hasn’t featured since the win over Ayr in September in the same competition.
Gerrard said: “He [Murphy] is working really hard and he is on double sessions. He is nine to five most days and he has a really good opportunity now to make sure he does everything he needs to do to make sure his body is as strong as possible for when he comes back.
“But you can see already on the eye the benefits of him doing a lot of gym work around the rehab, so I expect Jamie to come back firing, but he won’t be rushed as it is a very serious injury that he has had.
“Graeme Dorrans is progressing well too and if everything keeps moving in the right direction, hopefully he will be back sometime at the end of January or the beginning of February if everything goes well.
“They are two players we need back as soon as possible because they help us at the top end of the pitch in terms of creativity and they also carry a goal threat as well.
“We have missed those two.”
Despite defeating Hamilton 1-0 in the Premiership to go top on Sunday, Gerrard still wants his side to learn the lessons of that match before they face Hibernian at Easter Road tonight.
He added: “A lot of teams that have tried to do that, like Hamilton, we have blown them away, we’ve scored quite heavy and we have been a lot more clinical and had that killer touch in front of goal.
“That wasn’t there at the weekend, so the big learning thing at 1-0 is Hamilton still think they have got a chance of getting back in the game and you can see them growing towards the final stages and we gave them a few stupid free-kicks to pile the ball into our box, so you are actually on the side with four or five minutes to go thinking ‘how have we managed to make this a tense, nervy finish when the game should have been done and dusted after 20 minutes?’
“So that is the learning one from Hamilton.
“The next four games, there is a chance to try and finish the first half strong and try to set the second half up well and we want to be either on top or as close to on-top as we can.”