Thursday, 28 March 2019

A wasted season for Rangers' rising star

Today we’re moaning about one topic a lot, and we might even be boring ourselves with it, but we can’t help wondering where Glenn Middleton would be today had Steven Gerrard played him more and not bothered developing Liverpool’s Ryan Kent for them instead.

Middleton, as our very own player, does appear to have been completely forgotten by management and fans in the past half a year, and despite the fact we would of course concede he’s raw, his total exile from the first team for the lion’s share of the season does make us wonder if we wasted our time on Kent and should have tried to give the ex-Norwich kid more minutes.

Rangers will lose Kent this summer because we’re not paying that kind of money for one player who clearly isn’t value for it, but instead of an entire season of Kent with his handful of stellar displays, couldn’t Glenn Middleton have played a bigger role, been coached into the first team fully and been ready for a serious run in the team for next season?

Instead this young starlet, having been promoted to the first team amidst much fanfare last year, has found his chances next-to-nil since.

Meanwhile Kent, Liverpool’s player, had the left all to himself (when fit) and despite the fact he did obviously overall have a decent season (with a handful of miraculous displays) would it not have served Rangers better in the long term to have developed our own player?

Don’t forget just how good Middleton was last autumn – he made Kent look quite average, and while we pointed out some weaknesses in the youngster’s game, he looked to have all the potential in the world and even managed a superb through ball for Barisic’s assist against Villarreal.

This is a lad who, having turned 19 at the start of the year, must be wondering why he was promoted if he wasn’t going to play.

Indeed, his only first team appearances this year were two sub appearances v St Johnstone and Cowdenbeath while Kent claimed a monopoly on that left berth.

Would we be singing from a different hymn sheet were we to be signing Kent permanently? Absolutely – welcome to the harsh reality of football though, where we have the wisdom of hindsight, and we’re not employed by the club and become accountable for our actions and choices.

Hindsight now tells us we wasted a year on Ryan Kent who is now overpriced and will profit Liverpool, where we could have given Glenn Middleton much more of a chance to develop instead.


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