When Rangers winger Glenn Middleton went out on loan to Hibernian at the beginning of the season, Rangers fans were in two minds.
This was one of their key prospects set to play in front of fans who generally don’t have much care for his parent side.
But now the club’s support is feeling even more aggrieved with Middleton turning out for the Hibs reserves during the week.
The former Norwich youth might’ve scored a double for the Hibs second string, but he could well have been doing the same for Rangers.
Middleton got two as the Hibs reserves thrashed their St. Mirren counterparts 6-0 in the Reserves League Cup.
But Middleton’s development loan was about the youngster getting game time in man’s football in front of real crowds in matches which really mean something.
Middleton is yet to feature in any squads under new Hibs boss Jack Ross and doubts are now starting to be raised about the suitability of the Edinburgh club for the youngster.
Glenn Middleton playing for Hibs youth team??? Recall him, he’d be better playing in ours at least https://t.co/7nDZZ7gcBK
— Scott Young (@ScottDHY2000) December 3, 2019
It was a daft decision.
NAC Breda wanted him, they are challenging at the top end of the Dutch 2nd division. He would of learned a new footballing culture and how to play on the deck.
But no he chose Hibs ffs. Gerrard wasn’t happy with that decision either.
— Del (@Loyal72Rangers) December 3, 2019
He made a poor choice
— James Anderson (@wjanderson1) December 4, 2019
Absolute waste sending him there
— Goldso (@JR1872_) December 3, 2019
bring him home
— Hannah Firman🐻 (@hannahfirman_30) December 3, 2019
Said at the time was a shocking decision sending him there when he could have went to Holland
— Scott Rowand (@ScottRowand) December 3, 2019
Got 2 goals today. Should at least be called back and loaned somewhere else that will actually challenge/develop him
— Andrew C (@OntarioGer1872) December 3, 2019
He needs called back. Absolutely no use him sitting in their reserves.
— Crispo (@TheCrispola) December 3, 2019
Signed for the Easter Road club by Paul Heckingbottom, Middleton has made eight appearances for the Edinburgh side this season.
But the 19-year-old hasn’t been seen since playing against Livingston in the 2-2 draw on the 30th of October.
Considering the youngster was playing Europa League football last season, is it time to recall him and send him elsewhere?