Rangers winger Glenn Middleton made a rare first-team appearance in yesterday’s 4-0 rout of Falkirk in the League Cup, replacing Borna Barisic midway through the second half, and Steven Gerrard has praised the Scotland under-21 international after a “strong cameo” against the Bairns.

Middleton’s last appearance for the Gers came in April 2019 against Hearts, spending time on loan with Bradford and Hibs since, as his Ibrox career appeared to have stalled.

Scotland U21 Training Session
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Gerrard praised the former Norwich kid after working hard for a chance to impress in the first-team and insists he thinks Middleton is capable of playing in his usual role on the wing or as a wing-back.

“He’s had a couple of injuries since he returned from loan and has only been with the group four or five weeks,” Gerrard said.

“Again, he’s very similar to Ciaran and Kingy. He’s been working hard waiting for an opportunity.

“He came on in a different position today and we think he can do both jobs – left back or left wing-back – and another strong cameo from Glenn so we’re pleased for him.”

Middleton put in a solid shift after replacing Barisic, looking comfortable defensively while pushing forward and getting into some excellent attacking positions.

After a fantastic first season in Gerrard’s squad in 2018/19, Middleton’s career seemed to be going nowhere after two disappointing loan spells so hopefully this can help him kick on and earn a regular place in the squad.

With the likes of Filip Helander and George Edmundson missing, Middleton could well be used to deputise for Barisic again in the coming weeks as Rangers feel the impact of Covid-19.

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