Former Glasgow Rangers manager Alex McLeish believes that Glenn Middleton’s short-term move to St. Johnstone is his last chance to impress Steven Gerrard and co.
Last chance for Middleton
Towards the end of the transfer window, Middleton moved on loan to St. Johnstone to earn some vital playing time.
Speaking to Ibrox News, McLeish has indicated that the 21-year-old must show what he is capable of between now and the end of the campaign. He said:
“That would be the mission.
“He was exciting when he came on the scene, his blistering pace and it was really about plating all of that together with some technical skills and understanding of the game.
“I think sometimes when you go away, and earn your stripes playing for a smaller club, it doesn’t do you any harm – it has to be success or bust.”
Time is running out
Indeed, time is running out for Middleton to make it at Ibrox. When he first arrived in Scotland as a teenager from Norwich City, he settled in well – during the 2018/19 term, he scored five goals and provided five assists in 28 matches (Transfermarkt). It seemed a certainty that he would feature regularly from that point onwards.
However, he failed to make a single appearance last term, instead embarking on loan spells at Hibernian and Bradford, neither of which were a success. This campaign, his on-field playing time was limited to a single League Cup outing – another temporary spell away from the Gers seemed to be the only option.
Does Glenn Middleton have a future at Rangers?
At 21, Middleton has to start making his talent known. He now has a few months at St. Johnstone to display his qualities – it is an opportunity he cannot allow to slip through his fingers.
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