“Point to prove” – Glenn Middleton comes clean on Rangers axe

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Glenn Middleton of Rangers scores a goal but it is later dissallowed during the UEFA Europa League Group G match between Rangers and Villarreal CF at Ibrox Stadium on November 29, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We’ve covered this topic lately, but the most recent quotes from Glenn Middleton are intriguing and frankly incredibly mature from the young man, after he finally spoke out on his ignominy from the first team and failure to feature at all in recent months.

Middleton’s talent burst onto the scene two years ago and he impressed significantly in Europe, of all places, but started to go backwards on the pitch and was failing to look up and read games.

Gerrard took him out the team to protect him, but it does seem the former Norwich lad has been unable to get himself in the right direction since.

And speaking recently, he’s humble and magnanimous about it:

“You know within yourself you have a point to prove, and that’s especially true for me at the minute. 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.”

Ibrox Noise did make a little boo boo recently when discussing his absence from the B team, forgetting of course he was away with Scotland rather than being axed for the reserves, but we were still impressed with these comments.

He went on:

“When I get a chance I need to show what I’m capable of then hopefully catch the eye. The squad at Rangers is a very high level and people realise it’s not easy to get into the starting 11. The competition for places is very strong but you can’t fail to learn at Rangers. You pick up so much by being in and around the changing room. That’s only going to help me in the long term and I need to put all of it together”

These ones particularly stood out.

Middleton does not try to blame anyone for his absence, and indeed maturely praises the quality of the squad and that he acknowledges he has to raise his level to prove he should be in.

Which does suggest a major episode of ‘not giving in’. The reality is Middleton is probably out for good at Ibrox, but his promising performances for his country give some indication that he’s got something to offer Rangers.

Unfortunately for the left wing Rangers have Ryan Kent, Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones, to name just three, so Middleton has hefty peers to displace before the manager will consider him.

But he’s saying the right things, doing the right things, and we’ll see where it takes him, if anywhere.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I think this lad may not make it at Ibrox , I was impressed by his speed and drive early on but like most young players consistency is the hard thing for them . Perhaps SG may have some patience with him . I wish him well . He’s definitely got talent .

  2. To be honest id rather have a guy thats willing to learn and push and fight for a place than Jones! As personally i think has wasted his chance (billy big time) and deserves what he gets in this massive season for us!

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