Kenny Miller kept faith that he would pull on a Rangers jersey again after being frozen out by former boss Pedro Caixinha.
The 37-year-old netted twice for Rangers in a 3-1 win at BT Murrayfield against Heart of Midlothian having been brought back into the squad by interim boss Graeme Murty and handed the captaincy.
Miller hadn’t kicked a ball since September when he played 37 minutes of the 2-0 defeat to Celtic at Ibrox.
“It is great to get back involved,” Miller told Sky Sports after his man of the match performance. “It has been a tough month to be honest. Just trying to stay strong through it, going to work every day, trying to be the best you can be, help the team-mates out as much as you can.
“It was a big result. It was a shakey start for us. I felt the second half we put our stamp on the game, controlled it and were well worthy winners in the end.
“It was always going to be tough today off the back of the week we’ve had. There was always a belief there.
He added: “I enjoy coming in to Murray Park every single day, that never changed. It was just disappointing I never had a game at the end of the week. I always had belief that I would be back in a Rangers jersey.”
The forward also talked down speculation about a split in the dressing room.
He said: “That dressing room is unified in there. A lot of good people, good players as well. We maybe haven’t been showing it over the last couple of performances.”