'Dream come true' - Rangers youngster sets sights on first-team under Gerrard
Rangers winger Glenn Middleton has admitted everyone at Ibrox is “excited” by Steven Gerrard taking charge of the Light Blues – and revealed that it would be a “dream come true” to play for the Gers first-team.
The 18-year-old has been a revelation since joining the Ibrox giants from Norwich on deadline day in January, earning himself a place in the Scotland Under-21 squad for this summer’s Toulon Tournament.
Middleton insists that it is up to him to “dictate how clear” the path into Gerrard’s side is and prove to the Liverpool icon he deserves a place in the senior squad at Ibrox.
“Everyone is excited about the new manager coming in,” Middleton said, as quoted by the Scottish FA’s website.
“He wasn’t a bad player after all and if he takes part in training he’ll probably still be one of the best.
“Knowing what he was capable of in his playing career, it will be great if some of that rubs off on us.
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“It’s now up to me to dictate how clear the pathway into the first team can be. It’s about how hard you work and, if I get a chance in training or games, it’s up to me to take it.
“It would be a dream come true to play for Rangers – as it is with Scotland.”
Football Insider verdict:
Middleton has been an incredible signing for the Gers since Norwich surprisingly let him go and it is surely only a matter of time the Scotland Under-21 international makes the step up into the first-team squad. At only 18, Middleton looks as though he should go on to have a fantastic career and it’s clear why the Light Blues jumped at the chance to sign him in January. The winger has constantly shown a really good attitude too, which should stand him in good stead when he does make the move to the first-team and give him the best possible chance of making a good impression. He’s unlikely to immediately force his way into being a regular starter but Middleton could really be an important asset for the Light Blues if he is given an opportunity with the first-team. Gerrard’s background at Liverpool as an Under-18s coach could also go in Middleton’s favour if the Gers boss decides he wants to put some faith in the youngsters coming through the Academy.