As quoted by the Daily Record, Rangers youngster Glenn Middleton says he’s open to positional changes at club and international level.
The teenager turned out over 20 times for the Gers first team during the first half of last season, almost exclusively on the left-wing. He joined Hibernian on loan recently, and it’s been much the same for the Edinburgh outfit.
However, due to a lack of other forwards, he was deployed through the middle for Scotland U21s on Thursday evening. It’s a role he’s open to taking up in the future, too.
Rangers youngster Middleton keen to adapt his game
“I’m happy to play wherever I’m asked to for club and country,” said Middleton, as quoted by the Record. “In the future, I don’t mind where I play. As long as I’m getting forward and I get the chance to hurt teams, score goals and make things happen – I’ll be happy.”
“As a striker you need to be more clever, it’s about being sharp in and around the box. I have to think with my feet. It’s about being tidy under pressure and not giving the ball away so it’s different to playing out wide.”
The positional change certainly worked well for Middleton against San Marino. The standard of the opposition may not have been great, but he grabbed himself a goal and earned the praise of his manager.
On the basis of a single Scotland U21 display, it’s unlikely that Paul Heckingbottom will be deploying Middleton up top for Hibs next week.
WATCH | Glenn Middleton makes it 2-0 to Scotland after 27 minutes of the first half in Paisley.
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Yet, it would be useful if he proved himself to be a genuine option in that role. Having another string to your bow as a player is rarely a bad thing and could help him back at Ibrox next season.
There are a plethora of wingers currently on the books, but Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe are the only forwards, so versatility gives him a second possible avenue into the squad.
Consistency is another feature the ex-Norwich City youth is looking to add to his game this term and playing time, whether with Hibs or the U21s, can only improve his chances of finding that.