Gerrard set for stunning personnel selection v Rapid?


Steven Gerrard could be set to give rising star winger Glenn Middleton a stunning Europa League debut tonight as part of the starting XI when Austria’s Rapid Vienna come to Ibrox.

It is Rangers’ first home match in any post-qualifier European competition since 2011 v PSV and a packed Ibrox will see Gerrard’s men attempt to follow up that brilliant point in Spain with another good result against a Vienna side in a state of turbulence following a poor start to the season (they lie 8th) and new management.

And Gerrard is understood to be strongly considering young Middleton for a starting place following Daniel Candeias’ inconsistent recent form and the allegations which followed the result in Livi (more on that later).

Middleton has absolutely shone for Rangers with almost every appearance the young man has made – the only time he struggled was indeed last Sunday when his substitute appearance failed to impact the match on any level – and he will be hoping Rapid’s current state of flux and transition plays into his and Rangers’ hands giving him plenty of space to exploit.

Vienna are also likely to be more open meaning Rangers’ attempts to get our wingers behind the fullbacks could give joy to a speed demon like Middleton which in turn will create more chances.

We will see come around 19:00 if Middleton is set loose after all.


  1. I like Middleton, his fearless runs at defenders and crossing dangerous balls into the box but I am unsure that he has enough variety in his game to be a regular starter. It doesn't take teams long to nullify the dangers of wingers who use just their pace and directness to beat full backs. We saw it against Livingston when they just doubled up immediately on Middleton the moment he had the ball. For the moment I think he is more effective as a substitute in the last quarter of a game when defences are tired. I would hate him to suffer the abuse of our fickle fans if he has a few mediocre games when starting.

  2. I'm just praying that whatever 11 he starts, is the right one. It's getting to where I fear Morelos starting, because you just don't know what he's going to do next. A loose canon, a moody childish one, is not helping our cause, at all.

  3. Candieas has been excellent. This site keeps having a go at him. Hes worked hard and kwpt his place in the team and fights for the shirt. Whilst scoring and creating goals. What are we looking for?

    • Not true at all. We’ve done a few articles of late supporting him. But you’re also wrong about scoring and creating this season. One goal. One assist. That’s it.

    • Bo, I like Candeias, but he has not been as effective going forward this season as he was last year.
      Having said that, one of his strengths for me is that he offers Tavernier a lot of support. If Kent moved over to replace him, he would have to do the same, as defence is not Tav's strongest point

  4. Candieas stood out last term in a poor team
    This season the team is transformed and his inconsistency has been highlighted I'm afraid this is also true of our captain and new signing Worrall.
    Imo we are yet to see our best 11 on the park ,greegsy Flanagan goldson Katic barasic coulibaly Jack arfield tav Morales kent

  5. Middleton has the Potential to be a Monster Player for us for the next

    Looking Forward to the day he is in the Team consistently 😀💪

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