Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton has insisted last week’s performance was “not acceptable” as his Bradford City side lost 2-0 to Salford City in their previous outing.
The Bantams host Leyton Orient this Saturday and Middleton insists they “have to be better” this time around as they look to push into the playoff places.
Bradford currently sit ninth in League Two and Middleton could make his home debut against Orient this weekend – and the Rangers winger is adamant there are “no excuses” if they don’t perform.
“Last week was not acceptable. It was far away from the standards we have as players and the levels required to play for this club,” Middleton told Bradford’s official website.
“We have to be better and have been getting the message across, because we were unacceptable at Salford.
“There really are no excuses because, even if we do not play well, we know we are more than capable of putting a performance on and getting three points.”
Middleton has struggled to kick on after making the breakthrough at Ibrox last season and an aborted loan spell earlier this season hasn’t helped.
The winger still has a big future ahead of him but needs to be playing regularly if he is to force his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans any time soon.
Helping Bradford reach the playoffs would be a big step for him though and, hopefully, see him show he deserves a chance at Ibrox moving forward.