Scotland under-21 boss Scott Gemmill has praised Rangers winger Glenn Middleton after the Gers ace played an unfamiliar role in the young Scots’ win over San Marino last night.

Middleton scored Scotland’s second in the 2-0 win and really should have had more as he put in an impressive performance as a centre forward in the European Championship qualifier.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Glenn Middleton of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Gemmill thinks he did a great job of pressuring the visitors’ defence and was pleased that he didn’t let his head go down after missing a gilt-edged chance shortly before he did score.

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“I know Glenn can play through the middle having worked with him before,” said Gemmill, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“Out of possession he will run all day and I wanted to put their goalie under pressure, with everybody up alongside him and I thought he did that well.


“I know he’s not happy that he didn’t score the chance just before his goal but he has got that goal hunger and is desperate to score.”


Middleton is spending the season on loan at Hibs after falling down the pecking order at Ibrox following Steven Gerrard’s signing spree.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - NOVEMBER 8, 2018: Rangers Glasgow's Glenn Middleton celebrates scoring in the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League Group G Round 4 football match against Spartak Moscow at Otkrytie Arena. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS

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The arrival of the likes of Jordan Jones, Ryan Kent and Greg Stewart meant Middleton was unlikely to replicate the game-time he saw last season.

A spell playing regularly for Hibs should really help him push on and return ready to fight for a regular place at Rangers.

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