As he settles into life at Wigan, Josh Windass’ role could be filled by young Glenn Middleton.

Windass completed a deadline-day switch down south with the Latics after Rangers accepted a bid of around £2million. This has left a creative hole in the side.

However, Middleton should easily fit in that gap.

Middleton played at Norwich before arriving at Ibrox in January (Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The 18-year-old was signed by Graeme Murty back in January, and has been in and around the first team under Steven Gerrard. Windass’ versatility meant he could almost play anywhere across the attacking midfield.

Middleton has a greater confidence in operating in the same positions. Primarily a left-winger, the youngster also has a keen eye for goal and a pace and directness that would excite the Ibrox faithful.

Rangers could seriously do with saving some money on a replacement, and give the youngster some opportunities this season.

It’s worth noting that Windass was never going to be one of Gerrard’s first choices for the starting XI every week. Therefore, Middleton would be in the same position. However, getting valuable first-team exposure at that age would work wonders for a kid already quick in developing.

Windass made the switch to Wigan last week (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Middleton has appeared for the Scotland Under 17s and Under 19s in recent campaigns. He also played a huge role in getting Scotland into the Elite stage of the Under-19 European Championships.

Signing someone to overtake Middleton would be a shot in the foot for the youngster. In a couple of substitute appearances in preseason, Middleton looked the part. A youngster willing to impress but just needing the platform to do so.

If Gerrard was to give him one, it would be a valuable decision in the long-term.

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