WITH two goals on his competitive Rangers debut, it was a stunning evening’s work for Glenn Middleton.

The 18 year-old winger was terrific in the 4-0 defeat of Ayr United at Ibrox tonight to see Gers progress to the Betfred Cup semi-finals, where they will take on Aberdeen.

Middleton has already had a number of high moments in his fledgling career as a Ranger, and tonight was right up there for him.

He told RangersTV: “It is definitely one of the best. It was a very good night for me personally but definitely for the team getting through to the semi-final.

“It is one step closer to what we want to achieve. Andy has played two great balls through to me – the first on, it’s just a case of letting it run through to my body and just getting as close to goal as I can before shooting.

“For the second one, it’s the same also and it was just about getting the touch away from the defender and having a shot.

“We know as a squad what it means to this club to win trophies and we are one step closer to that now.

“We just need to keep this momentum going – every game matters.”

Middleton feels since becoming a full member of the Rangers first-team squad he has developed massively, adding: “I am confident going into any situation now. I know I have the standard of player around me to find me in different positions and give me the chance to do what I can do.

“It is just up to me to keep taking my chances whenever I can get them, taking it bit by bit and hopefully it all goes in the right direction.”

Middleton may even have grabbed a hat-trick, and added: “I got a little bit too excited! I just rushed my first touch but hopefully if I get another chance, then hopefully it comes.

“I am very grateful for all of the support the fans are giving me, and hopefully I can keep showing what I can do with every chance I get and keep repaying the faith shown in me.”

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