By Adefunmiloye Alani

24th Nov, 2021 | 6:10am

Glenn Middleton expected to be sidelined with a hamstring injury

St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson has confirmed that Rangers attacker Glenn Middleton is set for weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old picked up the knock while playing for Scotland’s under-21s during the international break and could be out of action for the rest of the year, as shared by The Courier.

Middleton has featured in 13 games across all competitions since returning to the Premiership side on a season-long loan, and he will be hugely missed.

Davidson said: “Glenn will be out for four to six weeks. Which will take us up to Christmas time.

“He’s young, so hopefully, he heals quickly.

“It’s a blow because impact-wise, he’s someone who can make a real difference playing from the start or off the bench.

“Glenn gives us a lot of energy. So we have a lot of problems.”

Blow indeed

Steven Gerrard did not have the youngster in his plans for the campaign, and he was sent to Perth again.

He impressed with the Saints on loan during the second half of last season, scoring thrice in 13 games and helping them win the Scottish Cup having bagged the second goal in their 2-1 win over St. Mirren in the semi-final.

Middleton also singlehandedly won two Premiership games for the club on his own, scoring the only goals in the 1-0 wins over Ross County and Hibs.

The Rangers academy graduate has not been able to reproduce those heroics, but he is clearly still important to boss Davidson, who is now hoping he returns soon.

With Giovanni van Bronckhorst now in the Ibrox dugout, Middleton will be looking to return to the club at the end of the campaign in a bid to break into the team next season.

Earlier loan stints at Hibs and English League Two outfit Bradford City did not go as planned, but he was in fine form for the double Cup winners last term and can do so again this term.

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