Reports confirming Glenn Middleton’s return to Auchenhowie for pre-season was only brief and the winger is to go back to McDiarmid Park for a full season at St Johnstone is the latest example of Steven Gerrard’s disinterest in giving players who impress on loan a second chance.
Just earlier Ibrox Noise was discussing Kai Kennedy and how far he is from the first team – Middleton joins him in that category and goes back to Callum Davidson’s side and will remain there for the whole of 21/22.
Middleton is surely finished at Rangers – after his new loan at Saints expires, he will have just one year left on his Rangers contract, and we’d imagine he’ll remain at McDiarmid again and become a free agent making the move permanently in 2023.
The 21 year old winger was in the press a few weeks ago begging Stevie to give him a second chance, to ‘trust him’.
If he trusted you and was ready to give you a chance, Glenn, you wouldn’t have gone out on loan in the first place.
It’s nothing personal at all, and we at Ibrox Noise cannot criticise these decisions after the season we just had.
But it is harsh for these players who do just want to be given a little glimmer of a shot in the Light Blue at Ibrox, but patently aren’t in Stevie’s thinking.
Middleton’s star shone briefly in 2018 but it faded dramatically and he’s never been close to the first team since then.
We wish him luck at Saints, and it’s probably the right place for him to be right now.