Rangers fringe man Glenn Middleton was deployed at left-back in a midweek bounce game against Hibernian as Steven Gerrard’s intriguing experiment continues.
Middleton made 28 appearances for the Gers as a winger during the 2018/19 season. The then-teenager was impressive at times and scored away at Spartak Moscow in the Europa League but he was still raw and lacked consistency.
He was shipped out on unsuccessful loan stints to Hibernian and Bradford City last season and hadn’t turned out for the Gers in well over a year prior to the League Cup fixture against Falkirk on Sunday.
However, the Scotland U21 international was subbed on in the second half of that game, replacing Borna Barisic and taking up a new position at left-back.
Gerrard said after the game that it is a role the coaching staff feel Middleton could thrive in, and he started a bounce game against Hibs there on Tuesday at the Rangers Football Centre.
The only specialist left-backs in the Gers squad are Borna Barisic and Calvin Bassey, so if one of those two players were to pick up an injury, there would be a near-guaranteed spot on the bench for a player capable of filling in in that position.
Middleton has played as an out-and-out striker at youth international level for Scotland, as well as in his usual left wing spot, but given the quality attacking options in the Rangers squad right now, it looks as though his future could lie in a different area of the pitch altogether.
Rangers drew Tuesday’s game 4-4, with banned winger Jordan Jones amongst those on the scoresheet.