Scotland U21 head coach, Scot Gemmill, has told Edinburgh Live he played a role in Glenn Middleton’s move to Hibernian.

The 19-year-old joined the Easter Road outfit last week on a season-long loan and put in a promising debut performance in the League Cup. 

Yet, he may not have remained in Scotland had it not been for his youth international boss. The teenage winger had been set to travel to Holland to finalise a temporary move to NAC Breda [Scottish Sun] before it seems he was advised against it.

Middleton played regularly for the Gers during the first half of last season, before falling out of favour. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Rangers winger joined Hibernian after chat with Scotland U21 boss

“It suits everybody – his parent club, his loan club, us and the player,” Gemmill told Edinburgh Live. “It’s a win, win. He’s been given a great opportunity.”

“I’ve known Glenn for a few years and I’m sure he’ll be more focused than ever.

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“I did speak to him about the move. It’s great that Glenn trusted my opinion in that regard.”

He set up the opening goal on his Hibs debut against Morton on Saturday. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Verdict

A significant number of Bears were enraged by the news that Middleton had been allowed to join Hibs, a club who have previously frustrated the Gers in the transfer market.

Yet, he has started well and if he can help Hibs take points off Rangers’ biggest rivals while developing his own game, this move could prove extremely beneficial.

Having first watched the winger aged 15, Gemmill is clearly somewhat invested in his career and wants him to do well.

Unsurprisingly, then, Middleton is one of five Gers called up to the latest Scotland U21 squad for European Championship Qualifiers in September, and he’ll be looking to excel on that stage as well as at Easter Road.

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