Not that you’d know it, but Glenn Middleton may have already played his last game for Glasgow Rangers, having fallen even further down the pecking order at Ibrox after Steven Gerrard summer spending spree.
According to Football Insider, Middleton has been deemed surplus to requirements having been frozen out of the first-team squad.
Sources told the outlet that Gerrard had agreed for the winger to go out again on loan this season in the summer, but a move failed to materialise.
Rangers are currently enjoying a 20-game unbeaten run, dating back to the 1-0 win away at Aberdeen at the start of the season. However, the 20-year-old hasn’t made a single appearance for the senior squad this season, despite the fact he played 28 games during Gerrard’s debut season at Ibrox, scoring five goals and supplying five assists.
Since then, the outcast has struggled to make much of an impression, as he has been completely cast aside after the arrivals of Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe in the summer – only for his own exit to fail to materialise.
Without wanting to sound too dramatic, it seems Middleton has hit a crossroads in his career. He can’t get anywhere near the squad at the moment, with Brandon Barker, Ryan Kent, Jordan Jones, Ianis Hagi, Itten, Roofe, Joe Aribo and even Scott Arfield all starting out wide in recent weeks.
Not for the first time, the Norwich City academy product, who has predominantly played on the left wing in the past, faces an uncertain future, having spent brief spells on loan at Bradford City and Hibernian FC.
Once hailed as a “terrific finisher” by the Ibrox boss, Middleton failed to register a single goal or assist in all competitions during his unsuccessful stints with Bradford and Hibernian respectively.
He burst onto the scene as a teenager but needs to get some minutes under his belt to continue his development as a player, which is something that Gerrard has been unable to provide. At any rate, it’s hard to imagine him starting ahead of the ever-reliable Ryan Kent on the left wing, which is his preferred position.
Scotland U21 boss Scot Gemmill has recently admitted he is frustrated by the situation , via the Daily Record. Maybe it’d be best for all parties involved if the Bears cut their losses and found a new club for the once highly-rated prodigy as he needs to be given opportunities to fulfil his obvious potential.