Bradford City boss Stuart McCall has admitted that the weather conditions in the Bantams’ win over Stevenage on Tuesday night meant he it wasn’t “right” to bring Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton off the bench as he admitted the winger has to be patient.

Middleton linked up with the Ibrox legend after heading to Yorkshire on loan until the end of the season and McCall has insisted he needs players on the fringes to “feel part of it” and be ready to grab their chance.

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 07: Stuart McCall manager of Bradford City looks on prior to the Sky Bet League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Bradford City at StadiumMK on October 7, 2017 in Milton Keynes, England.

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The winger has struggled for game this season after a botched loan with Hibs and will be keen to force his way into McCall’s plans.

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“I know I’ve got disappointed players who didn’t get on and I’ve got disappointed ones in the stand,” McCall said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“But that’s part of having a big squad. They’ve got to feel part of it and be ready to come on and be involved.


“Glenn’s obviously not had a lot of football, but I looked at the surface the other night and thought there were going to be high winds as well, if I’m honest. I didn’t think it would be a footballing game.


“I was looking to get Glenn on, but the way the game went, I didn’t think it was right. It’s different scenarios at times.”

The Scotland under-21 international could make his Bradford debut this weekend against Cambridge United.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Glenn Middleton of Rangers celebrates after he scores the second goal of the game during the Betfred Scottish League Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Ayr United on September 26, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With McCall’s side looking to secure a League Two playoff spot, Middleton could help the Bantams climb up the table and show he deserves a long-term future at Ibrox.

Working under the Ibrox icon will do him no harm either and will give him the chance to pick the brain of someone who has seen it all at Rangers.

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