Glenn Middleton is one of Rangers and Scotland’s top talents. A direct, skilful winger with a mean cross, he’s been one of the major success stories of Rangers’ season so far.

But he’s still only 18 and has some way to go before he’s the finished article. Yet, due to injuries in particular, Middleton finds himself as a key member of this young Rangers side.

Because he’s so close to the first team, he’s under pressure to deliver. Quite literally.

Against Hibs today, that pressure told. Middleton was in good positions multitudes of times, which is refreshing. But his crossing was slack, he looked very unsure on the ball and he hesitated in his decision making.

Glenn Middleton has made 25 appearances for Rangers this year and scored five goals. (Photo by Johann Schwarz/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

He also worked as hard as ever despite not playing his greatest game. That’s too his credit.

Obviously as a young player, he’s going to have frustrating games like this. It’s only natural. But normally – as in the case of Nikola Katic – Gerrard would have the opportunity to protect him and take him out of the team.

Because we’re light on the ground, Middleton must play some role in the team. Gerrard doesn’t really have a choice.

He’s being forced to take a lot more responsibility on, perhaps before his time.

Middleton hasn’t scored since the 7-1 demolition of Motherwell in September. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And whilst the boy is clearly a top talent, it’s a lot of pressure on his young shoulders. That said, I think he can handle it.

It might even be the making of him.

But we still have to be careful not to expect too much too soon from the winger. That’s hard when fans are also expecting results.

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