18-YEAR-OLD winger Glenn Middleton was delighted with his side’s battling display against Villarreal at Ibrox tonight and believes it will give Rangers great confidence going into their final Group G game against Rapid Vienna on December 13.
Despite going down to ten men before half-time when Daniel Candeias was sent off, the Light Blues came through a tough second half to claim a deserved point and Middleton admits it felt like a victory after the final whistle.
Speaking to RangersTV post-match he said: “It was good. We obviously knew that once that happened [the sending off] we had to stick together.
“The coaching staff gave us a plan on how we were going to do that and credit to everyone, we managed to do it in the end.
We just had to sit in and allow them to have the ball, because as long as they have the ball along the back with their two centre halves and their full backs, they are not scoring.
“So it was just up to us to keep them as far up the pitch as we could.”
As the game went on Glenn felt Rangers could snatch a goal and he came so close in the latter stages himself when he flicked in James Tavernier’s cross but the Main Stand linesman raised his flag.
He said: “All it takes is one chance and you can score the winner.
“Unfortunately tonight that didn’t come but we’ll obviously go for it against Rapid Vienna.”
When asked about the moment he put the ball in the net in front of the Copland Stand, he continued: “For a second you obviously think you’ve scored the winner and then you see the offside flag up, but that’s football.
“You just need to switch on and hopefully you get another chance. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be tonight.
“But I loved it. Obviously I’m very grateful for the opportunities that I’m getting and long may it continue.
When you are playing against a top side like that with ten men and you manage to hold on for such a long period of time, you’ve got to be proud of yourselves. It does feel like a win.
“It’s massive, Villarreal couldn’t beat us over two legs and we’ve beaten Rapid Vienna already, so it’s in our own hands and we will be confident going over there to get the job done.”