Rangers Academy coach Andy Little returned to first-team action with Stirling Albion on Saturday after spending ten months sidelined with a fractured skull – and Gers fans were delighted to see the former Ibrox striker back playing.
Little – who combines coaching at Auchenhowie with playing part-time with the Binos – is a popular figure with the Gers support after his time as a player at Ibrox.
10 frustrating months but finally back playing football yesterday! 🤕
Thank you to the manager, the board, fans, medical staff & all the lads at @Stirling_Albion. It seems rare to have that sort of decency, loyalty & support in football these days.
5 wins in a row – flying!🔴⚪️
— Andy Little (@AndyLittle_7) February 25, 2018
The Northern Irishman spent eight years at Ibrox and scored 38 times in 89 appearances before heading south to join Preston North End in 2014.
Gers fans were delighted to see Little back in action after spending so much time out and even fearing his career could be prematurely brought to an end.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Brilliant news mate! Delighted for you and can only imagine how frustrating a time it’s been. All the very best for the rest of the season chief!
— Robert Boyle (@RFC_Rab) February 25, 2018
Brilliant Andy my wee boy switched ibrox for Stirling yesterday came to watch the match with his football team all he spoke about was seeing u play #oncearangeralwaysaranger 🇬🇧
— steven whyte (@whyteyboi) February 25, 2018
Well done bud!! Great to see u back! All the best! 👍
— 🇬🇧JC🇬🇧 (@JohncarC) February 25, 2018
Good luck Andy 👊🏼
— Amsterdammer 1872 (@arthur_mac74) February 25, 2018
Ah this is wonderful!!! So damned proud of you mister!!!!! Xx
— ❤️⚪💙Manda💙⚪❤️ (@xxtigger_ukxx) February 25, 2018
Little came off the bench in the 76th minute of the Bino’s win over Clyde at Forthbank and will be hoping to get some regular game-time under his belt before the end of the season.
During his time at Ibrox, Little lifted the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Third Division and Scottish League One titles as well as forcing his way into the senior Northern Ireland side and winning 9 caps for his country.
Little re-joined the Gers in May 2017 as a part-time Academy coach alongside fellow ex-Rangers players Peter Lovenkrands, Steven Wright and Brian Gilmour.
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