After our appraisal of Ryan Kent’s impact, we turn the Rangers News microscope to Glenn Middleton.
This was a break out season for the youngster, who made his Gers debut against Shkupi at Ibrox, back in July.
Steven Gerrard clearly has great belief in Middleton’s ability, as he threw him in at the deep end straight away.
His debut came during a make or break Europa League tie, before cameo appearances in tough scenarios, away at both Motherwell and Celtic.
The faith began to pay off in September though, as the winger netted against Dundee. Two weeks later, he grabbed a brace in the League Cup fixture against Ayr United.
So far, Middleton has accumulated 25 appearances in all competitions. Although, most of those have been from the bench, with only eight starts to his name.
For a lad who had yet to make a single senior appearance before this season, it’s a great effort.
An excellent talent that requires nurturing
However, it’s easy to forget he has only just turned 19 and that must be taken into consideration.
In the absence of Ryan Kent, at times, too much pressure has been put on the teenager to provide width and flair.
He’s shown that he can be influential in big moments. For example, his pin point cross for Alfredo Morelos that triggered a Rangers comeback at St Johnstone.
Primarily, his role should still be as an impact sub.
Let him come on with 15-20 minutes to go and cut loose, that’s when he’ll be at his most effective.
He’s currently valued at just £135k by Transfermarkt, which is laughable. This guy is a real prospect.
Whilst still young and raw, there’s lots of learning to be done.
Having said that, he could certainly play a telling part in the title race, if his talent is used the right way.