Steven Gerrard’s Rangers reign got off to a winning start on Thursday night, and fans were particularly impressed by the performance of young Glenn Middleton.
Rangers opened their competitive account for the season with a 2-0 win over Macedonian side FK Shkupi on Thursday, a week after thumping six past Bury in a pre-season friendly.
There is certainly a lot of work left for Gerrard to do, as some of the passing combinations in midfield were slow and ponderous, and Josh Windass and Alfredo Morelos struggled to make any imprint on the game.
However, there were loads of positives to take from the game, notably the rapid combinations and moves down the right hand side, mostly through James Tavernier.
One man who impressed more than anyone else though was Middleton, who came off the bench in the second half and made an instant impact.
The 18 year-old, who joined from Norwich in January, was making his competitive debut for the Gers, but certainly wasn’t scared of the occasion.
In the 11 minutes he played in place of Windass, the teenager showed off his electric pace, quick feet and excellent decision making.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, where fans are starting to feel they might just have something special…
Middleton would start every game for me now….
The difference he's made man!
— Ibrox Loyal (@IL_Official) July 12, 2018
He’s different class. So direct and just bounces off tackles.
— West Mids Loyal (@WestMidsLoyal) July 12, 2018
first name down on the lineup for Tuesday night
— David [ デイビッド ] (@dw_rarr) July 12, 2018
He actually lifted the fans and the squad. Cracking talent he is
— Brian Foster (@BFoster_5) July 12, 2018
He lifted the whole stadium. Great player. Got a big future with us. Watp
— Jimmy ferguson (@bigJfaetheYY) July 12, 2018
Compare him to what we get with Windass. Middleton starts every time.
— Be Calm and Lets Go (@becalmfollowon) July 12, 2018
Keep pushing and you’ll be starting. Direct, pace, trickery and an end product. A joy to watch!
— huarty (@huarty) July 12, 2018
@Glenn_M22 well done wee man , your an asset to the team and I personally think you should be Gerards 1st choice any day of the week , keep working hard you have impressed a lot of people lately so keep it up ?⚪? your future is Bright !!?? #Letsgo #WATP
— Ross Weir (@RossWeir14) July 12, 2018
This lad was a breath of fresh air
— Daniel Russell (@DanielRussell09) July 12, 2018
Glenn Middleton done more in 15 mins than windass done the whole game. What a prospect ?
— Stu (@boag22) July 12, 2018