Simple: Middleton has the potential to fire Rangers into the Scottish League Cup semi-final

Simple: Middleton has the potential to fire Rangers into the Scottish League Cup semi-final

Having beaten St. Johnstone 5-1 at Ibrox last Sunday, Rangers now find themselves in second place on 11 points in the SPL table, leapfrogging rivals Celtic along the way after their 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock.

Steven Gerrard’s men will now be looking to carry that momentum into their Scottish League Cup quarter-final clash at home versus Ayr, in a game which could see many changes to the first team made.

Prior to their victory over St. Johnstone, Rangers played out an exiting 2-2 draw away at Villarreal in the Europa League and with another tough European fixture against Rapid Wien awaiting, it would not be a surprise to see Gerrard shuffle the pack tonight.

And if he does, one player he should consider calling upon is the talented Glenn Middleton.

£68k-rated (via Transfermarkt) Middleton has impressed in the minutes he has played in for the club so far this season, and is a player Gerrard is keen on developing while in the Ibrox dugout.

Speaking after the 18-year-old’s goal-scoring cameo against Dundee earlier this month, Gerrard told Rangers TV (via HITC): “He’s in a really good place, and he’s knocking on the door for a start.

“He needs to just keep working hard on his game, tactically and technically and learning where he needs to be out of possession, and where he needs to collect the ball; it can’t always be out wide, he needs to mix his game up and bring variety to it. But he’s doing really well and we’re really pleased with him.”

With the above in mind, Middleton could be the sort of individual that comes in tonight to help the team progress to the semi-final while presenting Gerrard with the opportunity to rest one of Rangers’ key attacking players.

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