St Johnstone have confirmed that Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton is en route back to Ibrox following their recent Scottish Cup triumph [Perthstjohnstonefc.co.uk].
Middleton joined the Saints in January in search of first-team football following a frustrating first half of the season at Rangers, during which he made just one appearance.
The pacy attacker initially found it difficult to break into Callum Davidson’s side, but he made a big impact off the bench in the final game of the regular Premiership season, clinching a top-six finish for his adopted side with a winning goal against Ross County.
He subsequently received more playing time, netting against Hibs after the split and helping the Saints win the Scottish Cup.
The Scotland youth international scored a stunning free-kick in a 2-1 semi-final win over St Mirren before playing 82 minutes of the 1-0 victory over Hibs in the final.
Davidson admitted in April that he would like to keep Middleton at McDiarmid Park for next season [Scottish Sun] but it looks as though he’s been denied his wish.
That’s because St Johnstone confirmed the departure of five first-team players in a squad update on Tuesday, including loan players Middleton and James Brown.
Davidson added that they were in discussions to bring Brown back from Millwall but there was no further mention of Middleton, suggesting there’s no potential for him to return.
🆕 | Squad update.
We'd like to thank everyone who played a part in the remarkable achievements of winning the League Cup, Scottish Cup, and qualifying for European football.#SJFC
— St. Johnstone FC (@StJohnstone) June 1, 2021
It appears that either Rangers boss Steven Gerrard wants to take another look at Middleton in pre-season or that the club are keen to sell him this summer rather than running his contract (summer 2023) down with further loan spells.