Steven Gerrard is expected to freeze out Glenn Middleton at Rangers until January, Football Insider has been told.
The winger, 20, has been surplus to requirements at the Glasgow giants after spells on loan last season at Bradford City and Hibernian.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Gerrard and the club hierarchy had given the green light in the summer window for Middleton, 20, to go out on loan again this season.
But he could not agree a move and has instead been frozen out of the senior side so far this term.
That is not expected to change in the coming months barring an injury crisis or unlikely chain of events.
Middleton has instead been playing for the Rangers ‘B’ team and is their joint second-top scorer with three goals.
He was named last week by Scott Gemmill in the Scotland Under-21 squad for upcoming European Championships qualifiers against Croatia and Greece.
But Middleton’s immediate future at his club side is bleak despite showing encouraging signs while on loan at EFL club Bradford before the March lockdown.
He has not made a single Rangers matchday squad this season and the summer captures of the likes of Kemar Roofe, Credric Itten and Ianis Hagi has pushed him further down the pecking order.
Born in Glasgow, Middleton came through the youth ranks at Northampton Town and Norwich City before eventually returning home to join Rangers in 2018.
He was handed his competitive debut by Steven Gerrard later that year and dazzled in the 2018-19 campaign, scoring five times and providing five assists from 28 matches.
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