By Nick Ware

28th Dec, 2020 | 8:10am

Eredivisie duo want to sign Rangers attacker, Ross Wilson assesses potential Jan loan - report

Steven Gerrard is set to loan out young Rangers winger Glenn Middleton in January and a loan move abroad looks likely, according to the Daily Record.

Middleton has made just one senior appearance for the Gers this season, a substitute cameo against Falkirk, but is impressing for the youth side, as shown by his Glasgow Cup brace against Clyde on December 22.

The 20-year-old scored two goals in 15 Premiership appearances during the 2018/19 season after joining from Norwich but has faded out of the first-team picture since and spent time on loan at Hibernian and Bradford City last season.

As reported by Michael Gannon in the Daily Record, “Gers director of football Ross Wilson has been assessing the options and the interest from Holland could offer Middleton the chance he’s looking for to get matches under his belt to compete for a regular role next season.”

Eredivisie sides Breda and Den Haag are also name-checked by the Daily Record as teams that are interested in Middleton.

Any move is likely to see Middelton loaned out until the conclusion of the current campaign, before Gerrard and his coaching team reassess matters in the summer.

Strength in depth key for Gerrard

While Middleton will be frustrated at his inability to break into the Rangers first-team, it speaks volumes of the strength of his squad that Gerrard is happy to see the young winger moved on, albeit temporarily.

As the fixture list continues to mount up for Rangers, Gerrard will be keen to rotate at times, to avoid injuries and a potential burn-out.

Luckily for Gerrard, he has a wealth of talent at his disposal, with many of them in inspired form in recent weeks.

In particular, Ianis Hagi has staked a credible claim to be included on a more regular basis, after he scored in successive games against Hibernian (Dec 26) and St Johnstone (Dec 23).

Form such as this might force Gerrard to rethink any January plans he had of adding attacking recruits to his line-up.

With Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe all vying for the central striking role, and the likes of Hagi, Ryan Kent and Cedric Itten bidding to start, Rangers look well stocked in the attacking department.

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