Andy Webster admits the past 12 months have been 'extremely tough' after he finally made his Rangers debut at the weekend.
The Scotland international started Saturday's 4-0 win over Gretna, having originally moved to Ibrox in January.
A knee injury prevented Webster from playing for Rangers in the second half of last season after he spent the first half at Wigan following his complex transfer from Hearts.
Webster's move to Wigan had seen the defender exploit a Fifa loophole, but he made just four appearances during his time at The JJB Stadium.
A 14-day suspension imposed by Fifa curtailed his start to the new campaign and Webster is now determined to make up for lost time.
"Mentally, it has been extremely tough," acknowledged Webster.
"No-one sees the full extent of what exactly goes on, but it has been difficult.
"Hopefully that's all in the past now and I can look forward to playing football. Injuries like that don't happen to everyone, but that's what I've had to deal with and I need to get on with it.
"No-one is going to sit and wait for me to get fit, I need to make sure I'm motivated to get myself back to where I want to be.
"I wouldn't say this is my career starting again - that's a bit of a big statement to make. But it's a step in the right direction."