STEVEN GERRARD admits he always had it in his mind to hand man of the match Glenn Middleton his first competitive start against Ayr United at Ibrox.

The 18-year-old winger enjoyed a great night against the Honest Men, scoring two stunning goals in the 31st and 70th minutes as Rangers progressed to the semi-final stage of the Betfred Cup on October 27/28 where they will take on Aberdeen.

Middleton was a constant threat with his pace and energy on the left flank this evening, and Gerrard was more than happy to praise the talented young Scot in his post-match interview for RangersTV.

He said: “I’ve had this game in my mind for a long time for Glenn.

Obviously he’s been an impact player for us of late and he’s done terrifically well, and this was a game I always had my eye on that he would go from the beginning.

“He done himself no harm and he’s making it really difficult for me at the moment when I’m picking teams and squads because he’s doing everything he can to force his way in.

“He’s a terrific finisher and you always get judged as an attacking player on goals and assists, especially in his position.

“He’s adding goals to his game now and he’s not just looking a threat out wide and in one v ones.

“He’s actually contributing in terms of goals which is great and if he can continue to do that he’ll be a big help to us.”

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