In Glenn Middleton Rangers have a youngster that gets fans up out of their seats.
But more than that, the stocky, battling left winger is willing to work hard to earn his place, and earn his chances.
After coming off the bench Glenn Middleton was brave on the ball but also physical in his pursuit of it.
It’s an exciting thing for Rangers fans. A courageous, left footed winger who is willing to work on the ball and off it. It’s made even better by the fact he’s only 18.
Gerrard trust and patience with youth being repaid early
Gerrard has spoken of his trust in young players, believing that no matter the age, when they’re ready they’re ready. Middleton was industrious on the left, linking well and even going by a flat Dundee backline several times.
His management has already got a lot from Ovie Ejaria, who at times has shown real flashes of his ability.
Middleton was a Murty-come-Allen signing and the fact he was a Rangers fan made a huge difference. He’s an exciting talent and Gerrard commented after he promoted him to the first team.
Gerrard said: “I think the one who has shone really, really well is Glenn Middleton. He has shown us he can be an impact player and he has shown he can play from the start now with a good performance against Wigan.
So he is no longer an Academy player, he is a first-team squad member now for Rangers and he will start getting changed with the first team and he has earned that.”
It’s a trust that has been repaid and it was great to see the wee man score his first goal.
A glimpse at Rangers long-term future
Middleton is a little glimpse into the creative work done by the academy so far. The club has creatively approached how we manage our youth in recent seasons, and there’s a real hope it will pay dividends.
McCrorie has been the main development – although he still has ways to go.
But it’s Middleton who looks really capable of making an impact this year.
Gerrard led the congratulations and reminded Middleton to keep his feet on the ground. He also wanted to get fans excited about the future for the club.
Gerrard said: “So well done to Glenn. I had a chat with him and said ‘this is the start for you now’ – we need to start working on the whole package and get him to become a consistent winger for this football club for many years.”