Stevie Smith hopes to feature in Rangers' SPL title charge after admitting he thought he would never play for the club again.
The defender made his first appearance of the season in Saturday's 3-1 win over Motherwell after coming in for the injured Sasa Papac.
It was only the third time Smith has featured for the first team since December 2006, with injuries and the form of his team-mates keeping him on the sidelines.
He was wanted on loan by St Mirren in January, but now aims to grasp a chance he did not expect would come his way under Walter Smith.
"I had a word with the gaffer on Friday and he said he was thinking about playing me there, so it was great to be back," said Smith.
"It has been a long, long time and it has been difficult what with injuries and then not getting a game.
"When I wasn't involved I didn't even go to matches. I'd sit in front of the television watching Soccer Saturday, so it feels great to be back.
"To be honest I thought I might not get the chance to play out there again.
"I don't think many people thought I would play for the club again because there is such a big squad and the manager has so many options.
"It was always going to take a lot of injuries, but that's what happened and hopefully I did well enough and took my chance.
"I would love to be involved in the title run-in as would everybody sitting in our dressing room."