Rangers winger Glenn Middleton has made a fantastic impact since moving to Ibrox in January from Norwich City – but if he isn’t going to be in Steven Gerrard’s immediate first-team plans then he must go out on loan and get vital game-time.
The 18-year-old has lit up the Gers Under-20s side since his surprise transfer on deadline day in January and has carried that into this summer’s Toulon Tournament with Scotland Under-21s.
Although Middleton is hardly going to walk straight into the starting XI at Ibrox just now, getting first-team games is going to be a huge benefit at this point in his career.
Getting him out to a Championship side and letting him play regularly in competitive games would be the perfect opportunity for him to show exactly why he deserves to be part of the side at Ibrox.
With the Under-20s set to be scrapped in favour of a reserve league this summer, the chance to play regularly in games that actually matter – as well as making the odd appearance for the Gers reserves when the fixture list allows – would be ideal.
At only 18, he’s still far from the finished product but there’s a competitive edge in senior games that just can’t be replicated in youth or reserve fixtures.
But sending Middleton off on loan would let him learn some of the ‘tricks of the trade’ that players don’t tend to pick up in the sanitised environment of youth football.
With benefits for everyone involved, it makes sense to loan the Scottish youth international out if he isn’t going to get a chance at Ibrox yet.
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