Steven Gerrard has taken the intriguing step of taking six of Rangers’ top youth prospects on the club’s pre-season tour of Spain.
The Daily Record has revealed the six players on the trip – Glenn Middleton, Stephen Kelly, Serge Atakayi, Zak Rudden, Aidan Wilson and Matthew Shiels, and 18-year-old Middleton could well be the first of the group to become a first-team regular.
The January arrival from Norwich is a winger, and that is a position where a player can make the breakthrough at a young age – look at the recent success of James Forrest and Patrick Roberts at bitter rivals Celtic, for example.
The Gers aren’t exactly bursting at the seems with wingers – with only Daniel Candeias and Jamie Murphy the recognised players in that position.
So if Middleton impresses on this tour he could well catch the eye of Gerrard and find a place in the first-team squad sooner rather than later.
It will be interesting to see how Gerrard gradually introduces young players into his team, as we don’t yet know how he will go about that as he has never managed a first-team, but if Middleton does well enough on the tour of Spain he may well be the next Ross McCrorie and find himself in the middle of the Gerrard revolution.
In other Rangers news, this player is unfortunate to be on the way out at Ibrox