St. Mirren boss insists 'terrific' Rangers winger isn't Paisley-bound
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St. Mirren boss insists 'terrific' Rangers winger isn't Paisley-bound

St. Mirren manager Jim Goodwin has insisted that the Buddies won’t be signing Rangers winger Glenn Middleton this month and admits his side are “not in a position” to bring him in.

The Scotland under-21 international spent the start of the season with Hibs after snubbing a move to Paisley, but returned to Ibrox this month after new Easter Road boss Jack Ross cut short his season-long loan deal.

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Middleton looked set to leave Ibrox on loan this month, with the Goodwin’s side reported as being his likely destination but the Irishman’s comments would pour cold water on that suggestion – although he did confess that Middleton is a “terrific” player.

“I don’t know where the story comes from. We did make an enquiry for Glenn in the summer but unfortunately, he chose to go to Hibs and that was that,” Goodwin insisted.

“We have moved on since then. He’s a terrific player. a really good talent who has great attributes. I’m sure there will be a number of clubs willing to take him.

“Unfortunately we’re not in a position to do anything this window.I’m covered in that area now which is the reason for that.

“We are talking to one or two others at the moment, hoping to get them over the line. I don’t want it dragging on until the window closes.

“We are not desperate to get anybody else in but the one or two we are speaking to are very good and would make us better in the second half of the season.”

“We are not desperate to get anybody else in but the one or two we are speaking to are very good and would make us better in the second half of the season.”

The winger is currently struggling with a foot injury picked up in the reserve win over Motherwell, and Gers boss Steven Gerrard is hopeful it won’t keep him out of action too long.

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After making the breakthrough into Gerrard’s first-team last season, the winger has found things much tougher this time around after the arrivals of Jordan Jones, Sheyi Ojo, Brandon Barker and Greg Stewart.

Despite Goodwin seemingly killing off the prospect of Middleton heading to St. Mirren, a temporary switch this month would really help him push on and compete for a first-team place in the future.