Has a true star been born at Ibrox?


 Article by: Richard

I know Glenn Middleton is only an 18-year-old winger, but Gerrard has to reward young Glenn by showing him the respect his play when given first team minutes has deserved – surely he must start this Thursday night’s Europa League match at Ibrox.

He has shown better form than Kent who is a loan signing from Liverpool, and Middleton was easily the man of the match against Wigan from start to finish. His pace, work rate and ability to win the ball back again was brilliant throughout the friendly.

What a stand out player he is becoming and he really does excite the fans and gets them on their feet. He is showing a good end product and is producing something we’ve not had in our side for a number of years.

Glenn has genuine pace, and the best young newcomer at Ibrox since Willie Henderson replaced Scotland and Rangers ever present Alex Scott. Rangers ended up selling Scott down south and got good money for him, once the ‘Gers realised that Henderson was just too good to drop!

The fans are raving about him on the various websites for his direct running, and the quality of his very effective defensive work, and with the ease of the way he can take on his defenders.

Did Gerrard say last week that age is not the most important thing, because if a young player has the ability to play in his first team – then he will play him. Let’s hope Stevie G sticks to his principles and has the balls to see it through.

If he starts with Glenn Middleton in the left midfield position and he doesn’t perform to near his best, he can always be replaced by either Kent or Murphy on his left hand side position.

Another very important reason for starting Glenn on Thursday is the fact that Gerrard continues to ask his players to make decisions extremely hard for him and his brilliant backroom staff to make.

He wants all his players to prove to them all that their performances on the park makes it almost impossible to keep a great performing player out of the team.

If you are a man of your word, how could you not start with this outstanding young player who is currently full of confidence and will be devastated if not chosen after that display which had everything except he didn’t score a goal. It was a virtuoso performance at Ibrox.

I love watching Middleton play with his great energy, enthusiasm, desire, a massive amount of ability and also the bottle to handle it all! It was Middleton’s well taken corner that found Katic’s head for him to score his second goal for Rangers to make the game more comfortable at 2-0 as he headed home and put us on easy street.

Over to you Stevie G and your amazing background staff, to decide what to do on this occasion.

Readers, would you keep this lad in the first team?

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  1. I don't disagree with the fact that the young lad is a good player however I feel Kent would be the better option to start the game with maybe the young lad on sometime in the second half. Kent is a very experienced player and in my opinion is probably got the edge when it comes to crucial big games. There is plenty of time for Glenn Middleton to take centre stage and I believe he will gain more experience under Gerrard in the longer term without having to rush things.

    • Agree but the real top players which I think he could be will deal with that and make them look what they are. Im lucky enough to remember Davie cooper making the like look daft. Obviously different but if they good enough they old enough. Ian Durrant must only have been 18 when he used to run the show against a far better team of tims than this one. I'm sure big him will correct me but he was very young. He will be worth a lot more with x amount of first team games under his belt when the time comes which unfortunately it will. I get the looking after the youngsters thing but unfortunately with the money available in England any great talent like Middleton will be snapped up either way. Might as well get best out of them while they at ibrox. Mark Allen played a blinder getting the lad in so play him. Don't buy this looking after younger players especially at 18-19. Name me a worldie that wasn't playing 1st team at that age

    • If Middleton turns out to be the real deal then he will be with us for just a few years anyway. So why are we holding back? If he's good enough he's old enough.

  2. My biggest worry is some of th teams we play will be out to snap him, they’ve done it before and will do it again… if u can’t beat them then
    Just beat them up and end their career if u can

  3. would play him thursday night was really impresed with his speed and he is no light weight at last looks like we have got the real deal with young middleton r,,t,i,d

  4. It’s early days. But if he is good! I loved Alex Scott but wee Willie was better. Alex played for Scotland v England in that great win, scoring in process. But he had already been dropped for Willie at Ibrox.

  5. The Boy is Quality!
    …simple as that

    He has the Potential to go to the top 5 of the EPL

    He has the potential to Bank Rangers a very Tidy Sum when it would come to Selling

    Id say hes probably one of the best wingers we have had Since Albertz or maybe even before him 🤔

  6. Great little player,plenty time for this Ranger,Stevie will look after him

    LETS GO WATP 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

  7. My biggest worry is I think we signed him on an 18 month contract. Need to get him tied down for longer before we make him famous.

  8. Just love this Kid!..no brainer has to start..after watching yesterday's game I'm convinced our days of getting bullied are over and this Kid can look after himself no bother !

  9. No…he has the talent and the confidence but the season is long. Bring him in slowly. Start him against opponents who he can surely shine against. Or, off the bench for Kent or Murphy. These are sensitive times and he is just starting to crystallize. Nice and easy.

  10. what is great about these kids is the play without fear attitude, our youth should be the way forward for various reasons.

  11. spot on same style as wee willie, quick direct gets to the bye line and brilliant cross were now looking for the new M&B. just a wee thought, think Gerard will go with three centre backs with Tav and Middleton either side. could balance the team

  12. "Best young newcomer at Ibrox since Willie Henderson"! Have you forgotten about Willie Johnston, Derek Johnstone, Alfie Conn, Derek Ferguson, Ian Durrant and Barry Ferguson??

    • A great observation from you Sandy, I actually was meaning young winger, although I did say best newcomer by mistake. For me big DJ, Barry Ferguson and Ian Durranrt were the best 3 we have ever had.

      Alfie Conn and Derek Ferguson were also very good.

      I was really gilding the lily about Glenn Middleton, as I enjoyed his performance so much and felt that he should start this Thursday, due to what Gerrard said about playing for places. I don't think he could have done anymore to convince Stevie G he was ready for the first team.

      Have we missed any others great young players?

  13. Playing Left midfield in a 4-4-2 formation doesnae make you a left winger son, expand yir football IQ before continually making daft comments.
    A left winger may play left midfield in a 4-4-2 formation but that doesnae make him a midfielder either.
    Point in case being Davie Cooper.
    Albertz was midfielder

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