Rangers’ reserve side earned a superb 2-0 win over Celtic’s second string on Monday afternoon in the SPFL reserve league thanks to a brace from Glenn Middleton – and fans applauded the youngster on Twitter.
Both sides were looking to win, with plenty of first teamers named in the starting line-ups. Celtic boasted Jack Hendry, Anthony Ralston, Mikey Johnston and Ewan Henderson.
Rangers, meanwhile, included goalkeeper Andy Firth, USA international Matt Polster and Middleton. It was the latter that proved the difference, as he scored both in the second half.
Kai Kennedy launched a superb counter attack after Stephen Kelly won the back. Kennedy fed Middleton, who smashed the ball into the net to break the deadlock.
Rangers and Middleton made it two with just moments left. Kelly was involved again, and he broke into the Celtic half before playing to Middleton who turned a Celtic defender inside out before doubling his and Rangers tally.
Ibrox supporters reacted to Middleton scoring a brace for Rangers on Twitter, with many applauding the former Norwich City star and some urging Steven Gerrard to recall him to the first team.
Middleton has failed to play for the senior side since February 16 as a substitute against St. Johnstone. He has made 27 appearances for Rangers this season, but only two since the turn of the year. Fans want him back in the senior side.
Superb. Great to see @Glenn_M22 banging in the goals again.
— Rangers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (@RangersAssemble) April 15, 2019
GLENN MIDDLETON DAEING MIDDLETON HINGS
— Curtis 🇳🇱 (@CurtisRFC1972) April 15, 2019
Get him oan the first team
— Josh ℂarson (@CarsonJosh42) April 15, 2019
Glen is too good to be in the Academy team.
— 🧙♂️ (@TamAgotchiQS) April 15, 2019
Middleton 4 goals in 2 games am a right? Got to get game time!
— Scott 🇬🇧⚽ (@lifesagas11) April 15, 2019
Good result. Middleton scoring alot in reserves recently. Hope to see alot more of him next season @Glenn_M22 👍🔴⚪🔵
— Conroy (@Conroy24948717) April 15, 2019
Give Middleton a run in the team till the end of the season
— 🇬🇧 Stewart 🇬🇧 (@stewartboyack) April 15, 2019