By Wayne Veysey
Rangers attacker Glenn Middleton is set to tell the club he wants to return south of the border for the 2019-20 campaign, Football Insider understands.
Football Insider revealed last month that the Light Blues are keen to send the winger out on loan next season to accelerate his development.
A source with knowledge of Middleton’s situation has told Football Insider the 19-year-old would be preferred to be loaned to an English team rather than one in the Scottish Premiership.
It is likely that Rangers will look to find him a club in the Championship who can offer him more regular first-team football than he would get in Steven Gerrard’s side.
The Glasgow giants are working on recruiting new wide forwards this summer – they are in hot pursuit of Liverpool pair Ryan Kent and Sheyi Ojo – to add to Daniel Candeias and January pre-contract capture Jordan Jones, and will also welcome back Jamie Murphy after his injury-ravaged 2018-19 campaign.
It will mean Middleton, who is highly rated by Gerrard and his staff, slipping down the pecking order after a hugely encouraging campaign.
He made 29 appearance, scoring five goals and supplying five assists, and was playing regularly up until the winter break.
But he faced a spell out of the team in the second half of 2018-19 and was demoted to the reserves for the final months of the campaign.
The teenager, who was born in Glasgow but moved to Northampton at the age of eight, was signed from Norwich City in January of last year and has proved to be one of the shrewdest signings made by recruitment chief Mark Allen.
Rangers are set to consider loan offers for the Scotland Under-21 international if they succeed in signing one or both of Ojo and Kent.