Rangers fringe man Middleton involved in Devs game amid exit rumours
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Rangers fringe man Middleton involved in Devs game amid exit rumours

Rangers fringe player Glenn Middleton has been included in the Gers Development XI to take on Huddersfield Town at the Hummel Training Centre this morning.

The Scotsman reported earlier this month that the 20-year-old was one of six players who had been told they were free to leave Ibrox.

Middleton was a Rangers regular over the first half of the 2018/19 campaign, before falling out of favour.  (Photo by Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images)

Of that group, three have since departed, with Eros Grezda and Andy King leaving permanently, while Jamie Murphy has secured a loan move.

Just Greg Docherty (who has also been named in the Development lineup), Matt Polster and Middleton remain.

With St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin recently ruling out a swoop for the Scotland Youth international, he’s been offered a chance to impress potential suitors in today’s game.

Any scouts attending the Hummel Training Centre look likely to be seeing him operate in a new role, though.

Middleton made 27 appearances on the wing for the Gers last season, and eight in the same position for loan club Hibs over the first half of this campaign.

Middleton played sporadically at Hibernian, but always on the winger. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The ex-Norwich City youth scored in a Development fixture earlier in the month but was deployed on the wing that day, too.

He’s been handed the no.9 shirt for this one, though, and looks to be leading the line, with Josh McPake and Kai Kennedy providing support from the flanks.

Rangers reportedly failed with an attempt to sign Tyrese Campbell [Sky Sports] – who yesterday signed a new contract with Stoke City [Stokecity.com] – and are currently looking a little light up front.

Jermain Defoe has been the only available senior striker for the first two games of 2020, and although Alfredo Morelos and Greg Stewart will both soon be available again, an impressive display from Middleton may make Steven Gerrard consider retaining him as a back-up option.