Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has expressed his relief at undergoing successful career-saving knee surgery.
After initial complications, the former Hibs ace finally went under the knife on New Year's Eve to repair ligaments damaged during November's SPL win over Kilmarnock.
Although Thomson can think of numerous ways he would rather be spending the festive period than being in hospital, he is thrilled the surgery has gone better than expected.
It had been feared Thomson would need medial ligaments repairing along with building a new interior ligament, however, pre-operation physiotherapy meant the medial ligaments repaired themselves.
The 24-year-old, who is already back up and walking following the surgery, is hoping to be fully fit in six months' time.
"I know it might not sound like the ideal way to spend Hogmanay - lying in a hospital bed on my own in London pumped to the eyeballs with morphine - but I could not have wished for better news," he told the Daily Record.
"After everything I've been through in the last couple of months I'm just delighted to be here.
"It's gone better than any of us had expected. The surgeon thought when he opened me up he would have to repair both my medial ligaments and maybe my cartilage.
"But because of complications we had to delay the operation and that gave me time to do a lot of physiotherapy.
"I worked hard and it seems the medial ligaments have repaired themselves as a result.
"That meant all the doc had to do was concentrate on building a new interior ligament, which was obviously always going to be the most important part.
"It seems to have gone well because I already have movement back in the joint and I've been up walking already. I can't tell you how good that felt.
"The surgeon is extremely happy with the way it's gone and says there is no reason why I can't be back in six months."