Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton has been told by Stuart McCall, his manager at Bradford, that he will need to be patient in awaiting first team opportunities at Valley Parade.
The Daily Record reported that ex-‘Gers player McCall has urged the 20-year-old winger to be ready to take his chance whenever he is called upon, with the youngster yet to make an appearance for the English League Two club since joining them on loan in last month’s transfer window.
The Bradford manager told the Daily Record that he had considered giving Middleton a run in their 3-1 win over Stevenage on Tuesday night but opted not to introduce him as he felt his attributes wouldn’t be suited to the wintry weather conditions.
Even in the early stages of his career, patience is a virtue that Middleton has frequently had to call upon. The 20-year-old seemed to be on the verge of establishing himself at Rangers after making 14 Premiership appearances last season and 28 in all competitions (as per TransferMarkt), but he has had to endure more than his fair share of frustration since last summer.
He was loaned out to Hibernian in August and found himself in and out of the team in his first couple of months at Easter Road. However, his last appearance for the club came towards the end of October and he did not even make a matchday squad after Jack Ross replaced Paul Heckingbottom as manager in the autumn. Rangers duly decided to recall him from his abortive loan spell in Edinburgh just after Christmas.
If Rangers had been hoping that Middleton would obtain regular first team football with his loan moves away from Ibrox, they have since been left sorely disappointed, and McCall’s plea for patience does not bode greatly for a young player whose career has hit an impasse in recent months.
If the winger cannot get a prolonged spell of action while out on loan from the ‘Gers, his prospects of doing so at Ibrox appear slim, especially with Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker and Jake Hastie already acting as understudies to first choice left winger Ryan Kent. Middleton needs regular football sooner rather than later if he is likely to ever stand a chance of establishing himself at Rangers.
Rangers fans, are you concerned by McCall’s message to Middleton? Can you see the youngster ever making it at Ibrox? Have your say by commenting below!
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