By Nick Ware

15th Apr, 2021 | 9:38am

St Johnstone seek Rangers talks over Glenn Middleton

St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson will seek talks with Rangers to bring loan star Glenn Middleton back to McDiarmid Park next season.

Middleton, 21, joined the Saints in January on a loan deal until the end of the current campaign and he has hit it off in Perth despite a slow start.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Davidson waxed lyrical about the Scotland U-21 international and made his public plea.

“If he does unbelievably well for me in the next five or six games I probably won’t get the chance to keep him,” he said.

“He’s great about the place, he wants to learn and has a really positive attitude. So we’ll be looking to have a conversation with Rangers about next season.

“I think Glenn is at the stage in his career where he now needs sustained game time.”

Get pen on paper

Middleton said in March that a second spell at the Saints would “appeal” [Daily Record] to him so it looks like two of the three parties are in agreement.

But does this suit Rangers? His contract at the club does not expire until the summer of 2023 [Transfermarkt] but the club will have to weigh up whether his value is likely to soar or diminish should he leave the club on a temporary deal again.

An unsuccessful loan next season would leave the Gers exposed with less than a year left on his deal as they would not be able to command a hefty fee.

The sensible option would be to offer him extended terms to protect his value and loan him out once more.

Steven Gerrard has been a vocal supporter of his for years, labelling him as “terrific” in 2018. [BBC]

We still think it’s slightly too early to send him packing completely – we want to see him flourish over a full season in the Premiership and assess him at the end of the campaign.

Then we will know if he really has the capabilities to be a Light Blues star.

In other Rangers news, Tam McManus hits back at Celtic fan over Twitter post on Kudela.