Hibernian boss Paul Heckingbottom has admitted he is hopeful of bringing Rangers winger Glenn Middleton to the club on loan.
The winger is going to struggle for regular football at Ibrox this season. However, Steven Gerrard still sees the 19-year-old as a potential future star at Rangers. Therefore, gaining valuable first-team experience on loan is seen as essential for the player this summer.
Middleton, who saw a deal to Doncaster Rovers collapse earlier this summer, has been linked with Dutch side NAC Breda over the past few days. But Easter Road boss Heckingbottom has confirmed, as reported by the BBC, that he is hopeful of bringing the youngster to Edinburgh this summer.
“He is someone we’ve spoken to Rangers about and we’d be keen to do something.
“Rangers would, and Glenn, so hopefully we can get something done.
“It would be a loan, he is someone who Rangers value highly and if we can get him, we’ll do our bit in terms of pushing him and trying to develop him and he’d do his bit for us with his ability and qualities he can bring.”
Last season saw Middleton play 29 times for Rangers but he finished the campaign in the reserves. His form with the second-string was electric and it is clear that he needs to be playing regular first-team football this season.
However, with Rangers bringing Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie and Greg Stewart to Ibrox this summer, and Jamie Murphy’s return to fitness, Middleton appeared way down the pecking order.
Whether Rangers want to strengthen a Premiership rival remains to be seen. But, hopefully, Middleton can get plenty of football this season, wherever he ends up.