Rangers' Glenn Middleton scores vital winner in Scotland under-21 triumph
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Rangers' Glenn Middleton scores vital winner in Scotland under-21 triumph

Rangers Academy graduate Glenn Middleton scored the winner last night for Scotland under-21s at Tannadice as Scot Gemmill’s side beat Kazakhstan 2-1 in their European Championship qualifying bid.

Middleton, who started the game alongside Rangers teammates Lewis Mayo and Stephen Kelly, netted ten minutes after the restart after Manchester City youngster Lewis Fiorini opened the scoring 28 minutes in.

Middleton in action for Scotland under-21s (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The Rangers kid, currently on loan at St Johnstone, is the most experienced player in Gemmill’s squad and again led by example as he put in a solid shift to help Scotland pick up their first win of the campaign and keep their hopes of qualifying alive.

There were two more Rangers players on the bench for Scotland under-21s, Ben Williamson and Kai Kennedy remaining on the sidelines for the full 90 minutes.

Scotland didn’t have it all their own way, debutant keeper Archie Mair hesitating to come for the ball and allowing Samorodov to score with 19 minutes and hand the visitors a late lifeline.

Middleton and co were able to see the result out as they went on to secure the three points and avoid a late collapse.

Next up for Gemmill’s side is another Tannadice clash, this time with Belgium on Tuesday night with the Belgians eleven points ahead having played two games more in qualifying.

The result leaves Scotland third in Group I, two points behind Denmark with both sides having played three games so far in their quest to reach the 2023 finals.

In other news, Rangers star Nathan Patterson has opened up on ‘weird’ VAR and Hampden ban after Scotland’s 2-0 win over Moldova last night