Steven Naismith has spoken of his delight after making his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury.
The Rangers forward suffered the serious knee problem in his side's Scottish Cup semi-final against St Johnstone in April.
He has been making good progress in recent months and took part in a reserve game against St Mirren on Tuesday.
Naismith, who scored before he was replaced in the 73rd minute, admits he did not expect to be back so quickly.
He told Sky Sports News: "I've played a few games in training and today's game was much sharper and more competitive. It was great to get out there.
"I have been a bit surprised. This game only came about last week when the physio said I might get a run-out in the last reserve game (before the winter break).
"I am glad to be back playing football like a normal footballer rather than spending time in the gym."
Naismith is now keen to return to Walter Smith's first-team but he is refusing to rush his recovery.
"We will wait and see how my knee has reacted and wait to see how it is in the morning," he said.