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:
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:
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.