Scotland U21 manager Scot Gemmill has claimed that Glenn Middleton is ‘very frustrated’ with his current situation at Rangers, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The 20-year-old winger broke into the Gers first team during the first half of the 2018/19 season, turning out 25 times before the turn of the year.
However, he’s only managed three appearances since then and endured two unsuccessful loan spells last season at Hibernian and Bradford City.
Middleton hasn’t made the bench for any of Rangers’ fixtures so far this season and his international boss says he’s disappointed with the lack of opportunities.
“I had a meeting with Glenn on Thursday and I was so impressed with him because he’s having to deal with a lot,” said Gemmill, as quoted by the Daily Record. “But I tell you I spoke to a young man who is more determined than ever, more resilient than ever and more motivated than ever to keep going.”
“He’s not where he wants to be right now, but I am very confident he is handling the situation in a mature way. He’s very frustrated, but only because he wants to play football.
“We have got a really good young player who we are all trying to help maximise his potential…The guy I was speaking to is more determined than ever. When you look at players’ attitude and professionalism and mentality, Glenn is a real leading example.”
Gemmill says Glenn Middleton ‘very frustrated’ at Rangers – Verdict
Middleton hasn’t publically kicked up a fuss since being taken out of the Rangers first team but it’s no surprise that he’s frustrated with his situation.
In the space of a few months, he went from starting and scoring at Spartak Moscow in the Europa League group stages to being on the fringes of the first team.
Now, he’s well down the pecking order, even after the loan departures of Jamie Murphy and Jake Hastie, and it’s hard to see him getting a chance any time soon.
Gemmill clearly rates him highly and minutes in the upcoming qualifier against Lithuania in Vilnius should help the winger regain some confidence.
Yet, it seems clear that he’ll need to secure a loan move away from Ibrox if he wants to play regularly at club level this season.