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Rangers Midfielder Facing Difficult Time At The Club: Does He Have A Future At Ibrox?

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Despite being one of the brightest sparks during Steven Gerrard’s maiden campaign as the Rangers chief, Glenn Middleton has become a forgotten figure at Ibrox following the arrival of an array of new names over the past few windows. He has now slipped way down the pecking order and therefore, is not enjoying his time in Glasgow as he mentioned recently while speaking to the Scottish Sun.

The 20-year-old Scotland youth international was loaned out to Hibernian last summer to attain first-team football week in week out. But he mostly spent his time as an unused substitute with only 8 appearances across multiple competitions and was recalled ahead of the 2020 winter window with little progress observed since August 2019. Another brief spell was arranged at Bradford City for the remainder of the season, but his minutes were restricted to three league games only before the season got called off due to the worldwide pandemic.

Rangers attacker Glenn Middleton is in action.

While the club have failed to find a suitor this summer for Middleton, the player is working tirelessly to reclaim the lost status. He has grabbed some attention recently after finding the net against Croatia U21’s in a 2-2 draw and is now desperate to ‘catch the eye’ in spite of the quality and competition for places all over the pitch.

“Things haven’t been as enjoyable at the moment as I’d like them to be. So every minute I get on the pitch, it’s up to me to make an impact and prove I can do well. It’s not been easy at all but it’s about doing the right things every day whether that’s at Rangers or with Scotland.”

The experience with Rangers has helped him flourish his game irrespective of the constraints and limitations, Middleton has revealed.

Why He Does Not Have An Immediate Future At Ibrox

The Bears are well equipped in the attacking third, particularly down the left-hand flank with Ryan Kent playing a key status in Gerrard’s set-up. The likes of Brandon Barker, Jordan Jones and Greg Stewart are also there to challenge and cover the Englishman for the starting status and a loan move in winter would be the best possible outcome for all parties involved.

The former Norwich City prodigy scored and assisted five times each in 28 appearances during the 2018-19 term and must shake off the shambles of the previous campaign to stake a claim in Gerrard’s long-term plans. The Gers, too, need to find a destination where the player would secure assured gametime.

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