AFTER impressing in pre-season and in recent matches, Steven Gerrard has added Glenn Middleton to his first-team squad for the coming season.

The Light Blues manager involved a number of Academy starlets in his squad for the pre-season training camp in Andalusia, and having assessed all of the youngsters, he has chosen 18 year-old Middleton to join the first-team on a permanent basis.

Speaking exclusively to RangersTV, Gerrard said: “They have done very well. The idea was to have a look at them in Spain and give them some opportunities.

“I don’t think anyone in the squad or anyone in the reserves will be disappointed as we have given them game time and minutes.

“Some have done really well, shone, accepted the challenge, faced it and taken it, and some have struggled a bit and it might take them a little bit longer to get another opportunity.

“But I think the one who has shone really, really well is Glenn Middleton. He has shown us he can be an impact player and he has shown he can play from the start now with a good performance against Wigan.

“So he is no longer an Academy player, he is a first-team squad member now for Rangers and he will start getting changed with the first team and he has earned that.

“So well done to Glenn. I had a chat with him and said ‘this is the start for you now’ – we need to start working on the whole package and get him to become a consistent winger for this football club for many years.”

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