Ibrox Exclusive: Hutton questions future of exciting Rangers attacker after official update
Alan Hutton says that a return to Rangers for Glenn Middleton is the “ideal situation” after his difficult loan at Hibernian.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers and Scotland defender says there was no point the winger remaining at Easter Road in 2020.
Hibs confirmed on Friday that the 19-year-old winger’s loan spell, which had been set to run until the end of the season, had been cut short and that he had returned to Ibrox.
🆕| Hibernian can confirm that Glenn Middleton's loan spell has been cut short and he has returned to Rangers.
Glenn leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Easter Road.
— Hibernian Football Club (@HibernianFC) December 27, 2019
Hutton says that Middleton really caught the eye in his outings for Rangers and that the right decision was made in taking him back to Glasgow, although questioned what Gerrard would do next.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s been difficult for him, when he burst onto the scene I was really excited by him. Watching him, he was quick, he was direct, he looked a real threat.
“He obviously went out on loan to get more game time but it’s just not worked out. I don’t think he’s been in squads and stuff, he’s been left out, so it’s obviously not a great fit for him there.
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“The ideal situation is for him to come back to his club, train and see from there. Who knows what Gerrard’s thinking? Does he want him or does he not? There’s no point in a player like that being at a club where he’s not even playing.
“You might as well go back to your club and either get another loan to a club where you’re going to play or try and make it at your own team.”
Middleton managed to play just eight times across all competitions during his time at Hibs, missing out on the matchday squad for the club’s last nine league games.
He has 28 Rangers appearances under his belt, the youngster hitting the back of the net five times.