On Tuesday afternoon, Hibernian confirmed the loan signing of Rangers winger, Glenn Middleton.
The 19-year-old will spend the rest of the 2019/20 season at Easter Road, where he will look to establish himself as a first-team regular.
Middleton has had a somewhat tumultuous summer searching for a new temporary home. He was reportedly all set to join Doncaster Rovers back in June [Daily Record], before their manager, Grant McCann, left for Hull City, leaving the deal in tatters.
Then, Steven Gerrard advised that he was to join Dutch second division side NAC Breda [Scottish Sun], but those plans changed when the Hibees registered interest.
Heckingbottom claims Rangers winger raring to go
“I think the supporters will enjoy watching Glenn play,” said the Hibenian manager, as quoted by the club’s Twitter account. “He’s direct, quick and will add different qualities to the squad.”
“From the conversations we’ve had, he’s clearly desperate to play for the club.”
— Hibernian FC (@HibernianFC) August 13, 2019
That’s quite a big claim from the Hibs boss, even if Middleton turned down the potential move to Holland in favour of joining the Edinburgh club.
Heckingbottom is likely ad-libbing a little after his team took a hammering at Ibrox at the weekend. But he’s spot on that the teenager will bring some much-needed flair to his side.
However exaggerated, there’s bound to be some excitement on Middleton’s part. After making his senior Rangers debut during the Europa League Qualifiers this time last year, he played a big role under Gerrard up until the turn of the year.
Yet, thereafter, he was restricted to age-group and Reserve fixtures.
Ideally, he’d like to still be pulling on the Light Blue, but having not started a Premiership fixture for eight months, he’s sure to be buzzing at the prospect of imminent first-team football.