Ciaran McKenna is hoping for a better experience at Ibrox this evening as he aims to make his Hamilton return against Rangers.

The defender hasn’t appeared for Hamilton since their 5-0 defeat to Rangers last October. He has been recovering from surgery to fix a knee cartilage problem that had been causing him issues in the early stages of this season.

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A place on the bench last time out against Motherwell was the next step in his recovery but tonight he could make his playing return in Glasgow. McKenna has detailed his injury experience as he urges Accies to focus on themselves rather than Rangers.

“It was the adrenaline of the whole experience that got me through it fine,” said McKenna “But knowing that I needed an operation, maybe I wasn’t at 100 per cent.

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“It was quite a frustrating injury as we didn’t know how long it was going to be. We were trying to avoid an operation and I missed out for five or six weeks and tried to come back around October time.

Ciaran McKenna meets the media ahead of Hamilton's match with Rangers.

Ciaran McKenna meets the media ahead of Hamilton’s match with Rangers. (Photo by Ben Banks)

“I was back for four weeks and I felt something wasn’t quite right and kept getting set back. We finally got an operation in November but we weren’t sure if that was going to solve it.

“But it did and I’m feeling great. Obviously the last time at Ibrox it went a little bit differently than recent games against the Old Firm here but hopefully we can hold them out and maybe take them all the way instead of falling at the last step.”

“We still know how good Rangers can be on their day. You can’t really worry about them and how they turn up and their form, it is more about focusing on ourselves and making sure we are right and organised as best as we can be.”

“Hopefully Ibrox will go better than last time.”

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