Glenn Middleton’s move to St Johnstone is at last the youngster’s final real chance at redemption.
Two bust moves at Hibs and Bradford did nothing for his career, and now at age 21 he’s running out of chances to get a foothold in anywhere.
We all remember how he broke through in Stevie’s maiden season, those European performances a stand out.
But his domestic displays started hitting the skids and his development seemed to stall, before he was farmed out first to Easter Road then Bradford, with arguably two of the worst loan spells any Rangers player has experienced in our recent history.
Now he moves to Perth, and by God we hope this is finally his chance to show what he can do.
There is talent there, no one would doubt that, but he’s gone backwards over the last two years and at a solid SPL side like the Saints with a wise owl in Callum Davidson at the helm, it’s a fine chance for Middleton to start playing real football.
If he impresses, will he get a crack at Ibrox?
Nope, sorry, not how Steven Gerrard works. Players who go out on loan under this manager are generally finished at the club – Gerrard rarely lets go a player he rates or wants to keep. Jamie Barjonas may be a bit of an exception, but he’s the only one in Stevie’s 3 years as boss. And he’s not really part of the senior squad at all.
If Middleton was good enough for Rangers he would be in the match day squad more often than not, if Stevie rated him. He doesn’t, not any more.
So we wish him well in Perth, and hopefully he finally kicks on with the career he wants.
It just won’t be at Ibrox.