GLENN MIDDLETON admits he’s “very grateful” to have been given his official Rangers debut in this evening’s Europa League victory over FK Shkupi.
The young winger became the first player born in the 2000s to feature for the Light Blues, and he had a positive impact from the bench in the latter stages as Gers ran out 2-0 winners.
Speaking to RangersTV, he said: “I enjoyed every moment of it and I am very grateful for the opportunity I have been given. We have been working really hard in training to try and get the game-plan right.
“Tonight obviously wasn’t perfect but I think everyone is aware of that, but we still got the win which is the important thing.
“It was amazing and a dream come true. To come and watch games when you are younger to then step out on the pitch yourself, it’s pretty good.
“It’s been a hectic period, but I’m loving it. To get the opportunities every day to play for the team you support, it doesn’t really get much better than that.
“The job isn’t done yet at all – everyone is aware of that. I’d be very grateful to be involved in any way [on Tuesday], whether that is traveling or even on the bench. I’m looking forward to the next week of training and then going from there.”
Middleton revealed what manager Steven Gerrard said to him as he was about to go on, adding: “It was just to get the job done. Although we need to play well at the same time, at the end of the day you need to get through to the next round, so it is a case of getting ahead, controlling the game and then trying to get as many goals as you can.”
Middleton admits, having only joined Gers from Norwich in January, his progression has surprised even himself, despite being quite an ambitious individual.
He added: “I think every player sets themselves targets, and I’m maybe one that likes to push myself as far as I can.
“I’ve always wanted to get in to the first team, but I didn’t maybe expect it this soon. All the guys have been brilliant – not just first team, but the 20s too.
“The way they have welcomed me and the club staff too have made everything that bit easier for me and the first-team boys are always giving me advice of what to do on and off the pitch.”