As reported by the club’s official website, Steven Gerrard has promoted 18-year-old winger Glenn Middleton to his first team from the club’s youth academy.

Apparently the Rangers boss has grown increasingly impressed with Middleton throughout pre-season training , and is keen to test him out at the top level in Scottish football.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 29: Darron Gibson of Wigan Athletic vies with Glenn Middleton of Rangers during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard has been keeping a close eye on all of the club’s top youngsters since coming in as manager, and he said: “They have done very well. The idea was to have a look at them in Spain and give them some opportunities.

“I don’t think anyone in the squad or anyone in the reserves will be disappointed as we have given them game time and minutes.

“Some have done really well, shone, accepted the challenge, faced it and taken it, and some have struggled a bit and it might take them a little bit longer to get another opportunity. But I think the one who has shone really, really well is Glenn Middleton.”

Gers fans will be hopeful Middleton can make his mark with Gerrard’s guidance, but which other young stars at the club might be in line for a chance later down the line?

Aidan Wilson

Marquinhos Gabriel of Brazilian club Corinthians (R) is challenged by Aidan Wilson of Scottish club Rangers FC during their Florida Cup soccer game at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 13, 2018. The Rangers scored four unanswered goals in the second half for a 4-2 victory. / AFP PHOTO / Gregg Newton (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)

The centre-half might stand a good chance of seeing some first team action this year, especially if Gerrard fails to sign a more experienced central defender before the transfer window closes. He has made two league appearances for the club before embarking on a loan move to Dumbarton last season.

Liam Burt

Like Wilson, Burt also spent some time on loan at Dumbarton last season. The midfielder was tipped to break into the first team last season but it hasn’t quite happened for him yet. He was named by the Daily Record and the Herald as a potential top prospect in Scottish football – perhaps his time will come soon.

Zak Rudden

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JULY 06: Zak Rudden of Rangers celebrates after scoring a goal in the second half of the game during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The 18-year-old impressed Gerrard during the 6-0 demolition of Bury a few weeks ago, a game in which he scored his first ever goal for the club. If no new striker comes in before next Tuesday, perhaps Gerrard may turn to the talented poacher.

Serge Atakayi

The Finland U19 star, who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is yet to get any minutes for the first team but youth advocate Gerrard could change all that for the forward.  Atakayi was once on the books of Premier Legaue clubs Leicester City and Fulham, but chose the Scottish giants. He actually has a good amount of experience for his age compared to the other names, albeit in Finnish football.

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