Rangers winger Glenn Middleton has admitted it would be a “dream come true” for him to force his way into the Light Blues’ first-team after his deadline day move from Norwich City in January.
Middleton was the Gers’ sixth signing of the transfer window and was immediately praised by new boss Graeme Murty who admitted at the time that he was “shocked” Norwich were prepared to let the Scotland youth international leave and tipped him to reach the top at Ibrox.
The pacy winger has been a star in the Gers’ Under-20’s side since joining the club and revealed it was “great” to hear Murty speak so highly of him after joining his boyhood heroes.
“It’s nice to hear what the manager said about me when I signed. I have been a Rangers fan all my life and all my family are, so to hear that was great. That would be a dream come true – maybe one day!” Middleton said of making a first-team debut, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I’ve trained with the first team before and hopefully I can do it again when I get back. It’s been hectic with us going away and Rangers having games too, so hopefully I can start showing what I can do.”
Middleton was on the fringes of the first-team at Norwich under Alex Neil but found himself out of the picture when the Scot was replaced by Daniel Farke at Carrow Road.
The Scotland Under-19 star is highly rated by the club’s coaching staff and the Scottish FA’s coaches and fans will be eager to see him burst into the senior side before too long.
Football Insider verdict:
Middleton’s signing came as a huge surprise to many with the winger a consistent stand-out for club and country at youth level. While there is plenty of competition for places in the Gers’ first-team, Middleton should hopefully make the breakthrough sooner rather than later and force his way into the side. Having some more players who understand the expectations at the club and have an idea of how much the fans crave silverware is never a bad thing – and having ability like Middleton’s certainly doesn’t do him any harm either. If the 18-year-old develops as he’s expected to then he could be a big part of the Gers’ side for years to come.
In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.