With Rangers recently signing 18-year-old winger Glenn Middleton from Norwich City, they may have struck gold with this exciting new arrival of wonderful potential.
He is a powerful, pacy wide player who fits Rangers player characteristics for performing on either wing and the coaches believe he will excel with his style of play having already played many games in Norwich’s under-23 team despite his tender young age.
Norwich slapped a sell-on clause on the Scotland youth international, because their academy director Steve Weaver really believes that if Glenn fulfils his early promise, he will become a fixture in the Rangers first team.
Glenn is a player Rangers have tracked for some time both at Norwich and with his outstanding displays for the young Scotland team.
Middleton initially joined the Rangers’ academy side, but has already been training with the first team squad on occasions. Glenn has shown a real desire to play for Rangers and having followed his Ibrox heroes from boyhood, is really determined to do extremely well in a new Rangers Hummel jersey.
Is he too young to be considered first team material at only 18? If you are good enough NO!
Willie Henderson was another pacy winger, who was only 16 when he made his Rangers debut in 1960 and the tackling in Scottish football was even more brutal in those days. Willie went on to be a true Rangers legend having played in 478 first team games.
Middleton was highly recommended to Rangers by manager Graeme Murty as he previously had the pleasure of working with him in the Norwich Under-18 squad and rated him as a potentially special young player to play for the Rangers first team.
He is currently a starting player for the Scotland under-19 team, which has reached the elite stage of the European Championships and has won 7 caps so far.
He is turning out to be a young player capable of hitting the by-line and firing in great crosses for others team mates to score and has already added much required quality to the development side.
He left Norwich because he felt he was ready for first-team football and they couldn’t guarantee him what he wanted, so the young Scots lad wanted to come back up the road to join Rangers.
Initially he will start with the development squad and clearly with his natural ability, he is setting his own standards much higher and is confident he can eventually make his mark in the starting X1.
Glenn Middleton is a naturally left-footed flying machine who also scores goals himself and the confident teenager is certainly ambitious and is dedicated to playing in our first team as early as next season.
Rangers head of academy Craig Mulholland has described him as a ‘powerful and very quick wide player’ and expects him to challenge for a starting spot, before too long.
This is the kind of competition Rangers need in a high performance competitive environment, and it will be interesting to see all the players push each other hard every day in training.
The Development Squad coaches David McCallum, Billy Kirkwood and Peter Lovenkrands are looking forward to working with Glenn before handing him over to the coaches of his promising Rangers first team career.
We wish him well.