Glasgow Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is predicting that 18-year-old Glenn Middleton is on course to start for the club sometime soon, if he continues to shine as a substitute – with today’s clash against St Johnstone the ideal opportunity.

The youngster’s trickery and direct wing play is top class and his pace is frightening every right back he plays against. He was in the right place to score his first goal for Rangers against Dundee last weekend.

Middleton instinctively knew to come more central when he saw Daniel Candeias lining up to cross from wide right. The Ranges man pounced quickly to dispatch the ball through the legs of the defender and into the net.

Gerrard is waxing lyrically about his progression with the first-team squad, and without a doubt Middleton has tremendous potential to be a starter for Rangers.

He has quickly emerged as one of the brightest young talents in the ‘Gers ranks.

“We don’t want Glenn to just be an impact player, we want him to be a player here for many years who is a starter but there’s still a lot of development to come from him,” the Evening Times quote Rangers manager Gerrard as saying.

“The goal should do wonders and I thought his performance started when he scored.

“He was on the periphery but when he scored that gave him the confidence to play and go for the jugular.

“Pleased for him and he’s got to be ready because there’s a start round the corner.”

What is Middleton saying about life at Ibrox?

“Am I confident I can break into the side? Yes, I think anyone would be lying if they said they weren’t,” he said back in July, according to BBC Sport.

“It’s the same for all the young boys, we come in every day, show him what we can do and hopefully get our names on the team-sheet as soon as possible.

“I don’t really fear much, so if we are losing or even if I’ve not being playing my best, I’ll still go at my man every single time because I’m confident in myself that I can always make that one chance for the team to hopefully get a goal.

“It’s about taking it day by day, that’s the manager’s message to everyone and me personally – just do what I can every day to show what I’m capable of.”

With that attitude coupled with his confidence, it won’t be too long before Middleton starts a game.

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