Premiership boss speaks out amid Rangers loanee's mysterious absence
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Hibernian manager speaks out as Rangers loanee's absence continues

Jack Ross has spoken out amid the continued absence of Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton from Hibernian matchday squads, as quoted by Not The Old Firm.

The winger was nowhere to be seen at Easter Road during the draw with Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon, meaning he is still yet to even make the bench after three games of the new manager’s reign.

Middleton has been left out of the last three Hibs matchday squads. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Under previous boss, Paul Heckingbottom, Middleton hadn’t been a regular starter by any stretch. Yet, he had been included in all nine Premiership squads since his arrival in August, making six appearances.

“I think as long as they [Middleton and Josh Vela] continue to do what they’ve done so far…they’ve trained really well, they’ve been positive in everything I’ve asked them to do and I’ve talked to them a lot,” said Ross, as quoted by Not The Old Firm. “At the moment, there’s nothing more they can do than that.”

“It’s up to them to make sure that when an opportunity arises, they take it. That is the nature of football as well. It can be quite cut-throat, but equally, you can be in control of your own destiny if and when the opportunity is provided to you.

“So, when that opportunity comes, you can’t say for certain, but if it comes along, they’ve got to make sure they take it and the only way they take it is if they continue to train properly. To their credit, they’ve done that to date.”

Hibees manager Ross wants the winger to keep plugging away in the background. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

Judging by these comments from Ross, there are no question marks around Middleton’s attitude. He appears willing to knuckle down and take advice on board.

It just seems that right now, the manager simply doesn’t consider the Gers loanee an integral part of his plans.

He’s at pains to suggest that opportunities are likely to come sooner or later. That may be of some consolation to the 19-year-old, but these must be frustrating times for him.

Having made 25 appearances for the Rangers first team by Christmas last season, he now finds himself not only out on loan but very much on the peripheries.

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