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Rangers winger Glenn Middleton well be sent out on loan this summer, with three clubs chasing his signature, according to The Evening Times.
Middleton was in and around Steven Gerrard’s team in the first half of last season, making 25 appearances prior to the Scottish winter break.
From then on he barely got a look in though, demoted to the club’s reserve and youth sides.
The Evening Times now report that Hull City and Coventry City could look to beat Doncaster Rovers for his signature this summer, with the Ibrox side looking to send him out on loan for the entire 2019/20 season.
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With Gerrard adding Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie, Greg Stewart and Sheyi Ojo to his squad ahead of the new season, competition has increased even further from January when Middleton found himself struggling for appearances.
Heading out on loan makes perfect sense, but if he’s to return to try and make an impact at Ibrox next summer then he must choose his destination very carefully.
There’ll be a temptation to make the switch to Hull City, given they play at a higher level than the other two interested parties, but that could make it tougher to get game time and to stand out in a very competitive league.
The rewards are high but it could be considered something of a risk too. Still just 19, he could struggle in the English Championship at this stage of his career.
Middleton need only look at teammate Greg Docherty to see the benefits of a move to League One with either Doncaster or Coventry.
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He’s now returned to Rangers and is involved around the fringes of Gerrard’s team.
If that’s Middleton’s end goal, the English third-tier looks like the smart choice to prove to his manager he has what it takes to succeed in Glasgow.