Rangers winger Glenn Middleton believes the club’s ambitious ‘Games Programme’ has been a huge benefit to his development – and hopes it can help him continue making a “good impression” after his move from Norwich City on deadline day in January.
The Scotland Under-19 international has quickly made a big impact in the Gers’ Under-20 side – including helping them to a 6-0 win over Leicester City on Tuesday – with some fans hoping he is quickly promoted to the first-team squad at Ibrox.
The winger thinks the Games Programme – which sees the Gers take on elite youth sides from across Europe – is the ideal preparation for the Light Blues youngsters and believes it will stand them in good stead in Europe in the future.
“These games have benefitted me a lot and I have only been here a short time. It will have been even better for the other boys playing against different teams with different styles of play,” Middleton said, as quoted by The Herald.
“We are playing in new environments and there are challenges that we haven’t had before that we are learning to cope with now. Hopefully when we get into European competitions we will know exactly what is coming.
“It is nice to get that support from the fans and hopefully that will continue. I am a lot happier now and I am enjoying it, and that is when you play your best stuff.
“Hopefully I can keep playing well and keep making a good impression and we will see where it takes me.”
Middleton is regularly one of the Gers’ best performers in the Under-20s and has quickly become a big favourite with fans despite not even making his first-team debut yet.
The teenager’s signing in January came as a surprise to many but the 18-year-old has wasted no time in trying to make a name for himself.
Football Insider verdict
The Games Programme is one of the best ideas to come out of Scottish football in years and will hopefully have long lasting benefits for the Ibrox youngsters. Playing the likes of Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Benfica, Leicester, AZ Alkmaar and AEK Athens has given the Light Blues kids an entirely different set of experiences to deal with instead of the usual environment of Scottish Development League games. Middleton’s performances have seen him really impress fans and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him given a seat on the bench for a first-team game before the season ends.
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