Rangers plan to recall Glenn Middleton from his loan spell at Hibernian during the January transfer window, but the Daily Record reports that the winger could swiftly leave Ibrox again to join another club for the rest of the season.
Middleton’s summer exit surprised a lot of Rangers fans. He had shown plenty of promise during Steven Gerrard’s first season in charge at Ibrox, making an impact in the Scottish Premiership and Europa League.
But Gerrard’s decision appears to have been vindicated. He has made just four league starts at Easter Road, and has not featured for the first-team since the end of October.
Jack Ross’s arrival as Paul Heckingbottom’s successor may have intrigued some of those watching from Rangers. They would have been hoping that the change would prove to be the catalyst that leads to Middleton getting more game-time.
However, the wide-man has not played under the new Hibs boss. And it appears that that has prompted Rangers to make a decision ahead of the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Record, the Gers will bring Middleton back to the club. But he could be loaned out again before the end of the month.
TBR View – Next move crucial for Middleton
It would arguably be unfair to make any conclusions about Middleton’s future based on his time at Hibs. But it is probably fair to say that his next loan move is now crucial.
Rangers are thriving while Middleton is struggling. It has become more imperative that he shows signs that he can make a devastating impact in the top flight.
With Rangers still improving, Middleton now needs to prove that he can develop towards the level that will allow him to make the grade at Ibrox.