Ross Wilson must sanction a loan move for Glasgow Rangers winger Glenn Middleton in January amid reports Steven Gerrard is willing to let him go abroad.
Middleton took to life at Ibrox like a duck to water as he burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced teenager after Gerrard replaced Graeme Murty as Rangers manager on a four-year deal in 2018.
The 20-year-old became an integral part of Gerrard’s side during his first few months at a club before he was shipped out on loan to Hibernian and Bradford City last season.
Gerrard lauded Middleton for his “excellent” performance against St. Johnstone after he provided an assist for Alfredo Morelos as Rangers staged a dramatic comeback in the second half at McDiarmid Park back in 2018.
Injuries, however, have hampered his development but he played his first competitive game for the Govan-based Glaswegian giants against Falkirk as Rangers romped to a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Betfred Cup, albeit at left-back.
It’s claimed the Ibrox boss was impressed by his latest showing but has no qualms about letting him leave on loan to further his development as a player. According to The Daily Record, Middleton has attracted attention from Eredivisie outfits Breda and Den Haag.
With Gerrard giving the greenlight for the youngster to leave on loan for the rest of the season, it’s now up to Wilson to work his magic.
The ever-reliable Ryan Kent is one of the first names on the team sheet and Ianis Hagi’s recent heroics on the right wing have seen him struggle to move further up the pecking order. With Jordan Jones re-entering the fold, it’s hard to see him getting many minutes under his belt anytime soon.
With this in mind, it’s high time Wilson does the decent thing and sorts out a loan move for the Scotland U21 international, as he has seen just 35 minutes of action across all competitions for the first team so far this season, which is frankly appalling for a player who was once praised by Peter Lovenkrands.
After all, he’s hardly short of suitors at the moment and a bidding war will no doubt ensue if Wilson and co. put his services on the market, as the versatile player clearly has plenty to offer.
Middleton has provided five goals and five assists in 29 appearances for the 54-time Scottish champions, via Transfermarkt.
Maybe a spell in the Netherlands could be just what the doctor ordered for him to work his way back into Gerrard’s favour, as he is evidently an investment for the future.