Rangers Head of Academy, Craig Mulholland, has spoken out about the club’s plans for a pair of exciting prospects, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. 

21-year-old Ross McCrorie, was superb for the first team at times last season but has been sent out to Portsmouth on loan.

Teenage winger Glenn Middleton also made an impressive impact last term. He made 26 appearances before Christmas, before dropping out of favour. He now looks set to complete a temporary move to Hibernian [Daily Record].

Middleton netted five times for the senior team last season. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, Mulholland has asserted that both players have big futures at Ibrox. Rather than the loans being used simply to trim the squad, there’s an expectation both youngsters will come back better for the experience and ready to contribute in years ahead.

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Rangers want duo to return from loans as starters

“Ross and Glenn have both got long term contracts, so that’s the key – they’re not going to clubs to go somewhere else because they only have a year left of their contracts,” said Mulholland, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “To make them a starter for the club rather than someone who just comes off the bench, they might need another bit of experience at another club and it’s getting the right loan.

 

“We’re not just sending players out on loan and saying on you go, we are getting the footage back every week that gets shared among the management team.”

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McCrorie played in some big games, including away at Rapid Vienna in the Europa League. (Photo by Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s encouraging to hear that there’s a definite plan in place for these two youngsters. Both McCrorie (Captain) and Middleton are Scotland U21 internationals with big futures.

At present, there’s a lack of Rangers representatives in the senior national team set up, but these two could change that going forward.

McCrorie was outstanding in the landmark Old Firm victory last December. Middleton, likewise, shone in a big Europa League fixture away at Spartak Moscow.

There are no doubts about talent levels with either, and it’s clear that if they develop their game and add greater consistency, they will get their chance at Ibrox once more.

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