Young Gers star faces tough times if he doesn't improve in key area - Opinion
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Glenn Middleton must improve ball control to be Rangers success

Glenn Middleton burst into the Rangers senior team this season, with a string of impressive performances.

The 18-year-old has notched five goals so far, across the SPL, Europa League and League Cup.

Brought to Ibrox from Norwich City by Graeme Murty, he certainly looks a smart acquisition.

Middleton spend five seasons in the Norwich City academy. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)


However, while injury to Ryan Kent has afforded the player greater opportunities, perhaps too much pressure is on the young man’s shoulders right now.

He’s only a teenager after all. Yet, he was looked to as Rangers’ only source of creativity in an otherwise defensive line-up in Vienna.

Ball control must improve

He beat his man several times on Thursday night, before poor control let him down. (Photo by Johann Schwarz/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

One thing that consistent game time does, is expose areas of young players’ games that are still a work in progress.

For Middleton, that’s his ball control.

He possesses bags of pace and energy, but those attributes are little use without mastery of the ball itself. Hugging the left touchline on Thursday night, heavy touches often allowed to ball to go out of play.

Yet, there is no doubt he could be a huge asset for Rangers in the years to come. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Once or twice, the winger showed great guile to beat right-back, Muldur. Yet, each time, he allowed the ball to get away from him and rare opportunities slipped away.

If he is to blossom into a top Rangers player in the coming years, this is perhaps the area that needs the most work.

Middleton undoubtedly has all the raw attributes and is still incredibly young. However, the challenge now is to learn from his experiences and to develop further.

Rangers will hope that with a little hard graft, they will soon have a polished diamond on their books.

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