Rangers Academy chief Craig Mulholland has insisted that Glenn Middleton’s breakthrough season was “done by design” after starring in the club’s Games Programme for the under-20s.
Middleton burst onto the scene with a string of impressive performances for Steven Gerrard’s side and Mulholland admits that despite all the Academy success this year getting players into the first-team is the “biggest plus” for them.
“The biggest plus for us this year is getting boys to the first team,” Mulholland told Rangers TV.
“So there is Glenn Middleton who made his debut and went on to make over 30 appearances, and we’ll all think back to his Europa League experience where he was involved in the goal in Villarreal and then he scored in Moscow.
“That was done by design as he was part of our European Games Programme last year.”
Middleton particularly impressed in the club’s Europa League campaign and will be hoping to make even more appearances for the first-team next season.
The young winger could get the chance to shine against Kilmarnock this weekend in the final game of the season at Rugby Park.
Putting in an impressive performance would be a good way to show Gerrard that he deserves a regular place in the side as they look to end Celtic’s domination of the domestic game.