The Rangers fringe-men we can expect to see more of

Three Rangers players we're about to see more of this Winter

Rangers’ fringe-men have consistently been reliable so far this season under Steven Gerrard.

When the Rangers manager makes changes to a starting line-up, you now have confidence in the players stepping in. It’s a credit to the manager that he’s managed to get a tune out of so many in his squad.

Yet, some have been rooted to the bench in recent weeks with opportunities too sparse. The Winter schedule, however, is about to change all of that.

Rangers have an incredible nine games over the month of December alone. They also have four coming over the next 11 days too.

Here, we list the three players who you can expect to see a lot more of than usual in the next couple of months:

GLENN MIDDLETON

Glenn Middleton is Rangers’ best young prospect (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This is the easy one. He’s Rangers’ hottest young prospect, and Gerrard has been keen to give him opportunities when and wherever he can.

Middleton’s development has accelerated nicely this season, and probably to a greater length than he could’ve imagined. So far this term, Middleton has made 13 appearances and bagged three goals.

Despite that, however, only one of those appearances came from the starting line-up. He’ll therefore be looking to kick on over the winter and rotate with Ryan Kent down the left.

Middleton has the pace and directness to trouble any side in Scotland on his day. He’s yet to be given a real run of games, but he probably won’t get that this season in truth given the performances of Kent.

The next eight weeks or so, however, will see him get plenty of opportunities. It’s absolutely vital that he starts to make a mark over this period, as plenty more appearances await him.

ANDY HALLIDAY

Andy Halliday is the renaissance man (Sergio Lopez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What can you say about Andy Halliday so far? He’s been Rangers’ renaissance man this season in what’s been one of the most incredible comebacks imaginable.

Halliday looked down and out last term. He made 22 appearances in the whole of last season, which isn’t much for a player in his position. He then ended the campaign after ranting at the coaching staff in an Old Firm game, and putting in some dreadful performances. His confidence looked shot and it was time to move him on.

Yet, it’s only Halloween and Halliday has made 13 reliable appearances for the club this season. Despite that impressive tally however, the midfielder has only started one of Rangers’ last six matches.

He’s one of the certs in the Rangers squad to be given more game-time over the Winter period. With so many matches cropping up at this time of the year, Gerrard will need to rotate the midfield on plenty of occasions.

Halliday has already proved to his manager that he can be trusted. Now, Gerrard just needs to put some faith in him over the next couple of months.

ROSS MCCRORIE

Ross McCrorie hasn’t had the same chances this season as last (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

You can’t help but feel a tad disappointed for young Ross McCrorie this season.

A breakout campaign in which he made 25 appearances under both Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty, McCrorie was a real talent. Starting out as a central defender, he was quickly moved into a holding role in the midfield.

It’s difficult to say whether that’s helped or hindered his game-time this season. After all, Rangers have quality in both of those positions. McCrorie, however, has time on his side.

This term, the youngster has made just 11 appearances for the Ibrox club. Despite becoming Scotland under-21 captain, he has barely featured under Gerrard this season.

Still, the Rangers manager has spoken highly of McCrorie in the past. If ever there was an opportunity for him to get game-time, it would be this time of the year. Gerrard also won’t want his development being stalled too much, and now is the time for McCrorie to step up and prove his worth once more.

The other fringe-men

We won’t see much from the likes of Sadiq (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

These aren’t the only three players who would’ve been hoping to get more minutes on the pitch in the next few weeks.

Rangers have plenty of talent in their squad that most likely won’t feature as much as they would like in November and December.

The first of which has to be Umar Sadiq. The big forward had his starting debut against Aberdeen on Sunday at Hampden. Despite a positive first-half, the big striker dived late on to try and win a penalty, and that’s overshadowed his display. With Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty both returning, we won’t see much of Sadiq from this point on.

Gareth McAuley has yet to be seen in a Rangers jersey. The centre-back has struggled with injuries and match-fitness since arriving at Ibrox at the start of the season. Whilst it would be nice to see what he’s got to offer, he’s already behind three other centre-backs.

Finally, we come to Wes Foderingham. Gerrard showed on Sunday just how little game-time Foderingham is going to have this season. Despite the goalkeeper playing in the two Betfred Cup games previous, McGregor was given the nod for the semi-final. That was a real disappointment to the Englishman, and McGregor won’t be dropped anytime soon.

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