Webster grateful for Gers support
Andy Webster says he owes his team-mates a debt of gratitude after helping him through his injury nightmare.
Last Updated: 15/06/10 6:25pm
Rangers defender Andy Webster says he owes his team-mates a debt of gratitude after helping him through his injury nightmare.
Webster has made just one competitive appearance for the Gers since his transfer to Ibrox in 2007 and suffered a spate of injury setbacks since sustaining knee ligament damage in his first training session with the club.
A loan spell at fellow SPL club Dundee United helped the 28-year-old get his career back on track, and the stopper is now looking forward to pulling on a Rangers jersey again next season.
But the former Hearts man says he could not have done it without the support of his colleagues at the Glasgow giants and he paid tribute to the way they have helped him through the most challenging period of his career.
Webster told the Evening Times: "Although I have finally overcome my injury problems and got back playing week in, week out during my spell at Dundee United, I have a huge amount to thank everybody at Rangers for.
"They are a great bunch of boys and have really helped me through the darker times. When I was out of action and doubted I would get back playing on a regular basis at a decent level they definitely kept my spirits up.
"The Rangers boys welcomed me with open arms and made me feel part of things. They have kept in touch with me when I moved on to United on loan to see how I was getting on. Their support has been important."
The last campaign marked a turnaround in fortunes for Webster during his spell at Tannadice, where resumed his Scotland career after a four-year absence, won a Scottish Cup winners' medal and made the shortlist for the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award.
The defender, who also had spells at Wigan and Bristol City south of the border, will turn his attention to helping Rangers to a third SPL title and playing in the Champions League.
He added: "I moved to a big club like Rangers to elevate my career to a new level and, thus far, I have not been able to do that.
"But there is the opportunity for me to do that now and I will relish the opportunity to get back into things."