Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl goes into Sunday’s final game of the season with a decimated squad to choose from as injuries and suspension take their toll on the Gers – and flying winger Glenn Middleton should be given a chance to impress in the Easter Road clash with Hibs.
The Gers are without Lee Wallace, Kenny Miller, Declan John, Ross McCrorie, Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans, Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos for the clash with Neil Lennon’s side and will almost certainly be forced to throw some players into the fray who have barely played any first-team football this term.
Nicholl’s side go into the clash with the capital side knowing they need to better Aberdeen’s result against Celtic if they are to pip the Dons to second-place in the Scottish Premiership.
Since arriving from Norwich on deadline day in January, Middleton has been in fantastic form for the Gers’ Under-20s and it appears to be only a matter of time before the teenager earns a first-team place at Ibrox.
With so many first-team players unavailable – and many of those who are having no future at Ibrox beyond Sunday’s fixture – Nicholl should look to give some of the younger players a taste of first-team football in preparation for Steven Gerrard’s imminent arrival as manager.
It’s unlikely that Middleton will get a chance against Hibs after being involved in a youth tournament in Germany over the weekend – however with so many senior names out there is always a possibility of a place in the bench for the Scotland Under-21 international.