By Doug Ward

11th May, 2021 | 8:40am

Lovenkrands raves about 'Unbelievable' Rangers outcast Glenn Middleton

BBC Radio Scotland pundit Peter Lovenkrands claims Ibrox outcast Glenn Middleton should still have a future at Rangers.

Middleton, 21, had made just one 35-minute-long appearance for the Gers before he was sent out on loan in January to join St Johnstone.

Since arriving at McDiarmid Park, the ex-Norwich winger has been in stunning form and played a huge role in the Saints reaching the Scottish Cup final on Sunday.

Middleton came off the bench to assist a goal and score a winner for St Johnstone in a 2-1 victory over St Mirren at Hampden Park.

He’s now scored three times in 10 appearances for the Saints and ex-Gers striker Lovenkrands hopes there’s still time for the young attacker to prove himself at Ibrox.

Speaking to the Daily Record, Lovenkrands said: “I don’t see why Glenn can’t have a long term future at Rangers.

“If he still works the way he is doing just now and progresses as he is then I’d say he’s got every chance of making it.”

Lovenkrands also raved about Middleton for his performance in the Scottish Cup semi-final at the weekend as Callum Davidson’s men close in on an unprecedented double.

“I was buzzing for Glenn on Sunday and I sent him a text message congratulating him and telling him it was great to see,” Lovenkrands added.

“The free kick in particular was so pleasing. I watched him do it and time and time again for us when I was at the Rangers reserves.

“He has that in his locker – he has an unbelievable left foot. I was just so pleased to see him come on and set up one goal, score a free-kick and nearly grab another assist was just fantastic.

What to do with Middleton?

Middleton still has another two years left on his contract at Ibrox so Rangers are going to be left with a couple of choices this summer.

They can either integrate him back into Steven Gerrard’s senior squad or they can try to sell him now before his value depreciates too much as next year he’ll be in the last year of his deal and might not be worth as much.

After seeing Middleton rediscover his form at McDiarmid Park, we think that Gerrard should hand the young winger another chance to shine at Ibrox.

When he first arrived at Rangers, Middleton kind of burst onto the scene and played regularly for the Light Blues.

He’s made 29 appearances and scored five times in all competitions for the Gers, showing that there’s certainly something about the Scotland Under-21 international.

Middleton also stepped up massively for St Johnstone on Sunday as he pretty much single-handedly got them to the Scottish Cup final.

The young attacker can play on both wings and as a striker. He could be a good back-up option next term as the Gers aim to defend their title.

In other Rangers news, this 20-year-old has headed south of the border to link up with a club he may sign permanently for.