The Chalkboard: Middleton should take centre stage at Rangers instead of Kent

Rangers are desperate to land Ryan Kent again this summer, but could Glenn Middleton turn out to be even better than the Liverpool loanee?

Steven Gerrard brought in a whopping 15 new signings last summer, five of which were on loan.

Of those five, only Kent has been a success, and Gerrard has said he wants to bring the winger to Ibrox for at least another season.

With Liverpool demanding £12m for his services though and perhaps unwilling to grant another season-long loan, a deal for Kent may simply be impossible, and Middleton proved once again on Tuesday that he is more than capable of filling that void.

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On the chalkboard

With Jordan Jones and Jake Hastie joining this summer and Jamie Murphy on his way back from injury, the gaffer will have plenty of options on the left-wing, so there really is no need to sign Kent.

Where Middleton differs from the Liverpool youngster though is his versatility, as he shone in Tuesday’s Glasgow Cup final playing from the right instead of the left.

The 19 year-old can play anywhere across the attack to a high level, something Kent cannot do, and scored both of the Gers’ goals in a 3-2 defeat to Celtic’s youngsters on Tuesday.

His second goal was particularly special, cutting in from the right wing about 35 yards from goal, driving forward and smashing a thunderous left-footed shot off the underside off the crossbar.

He now has 11 goals in his last seven games in the youth ranks, after bagging five goals and five assists for the first team this season.

With Middleton developing his end product to match his obvious skill and two new wingers likely to join this summer, Kent should not be a priority signing for Gerrard and the Gers.

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