By Joe Ellis

1st Aug, 2022 | 6:10pm

Glenn Middleton didn't realise magnitude of Rangers achievements

To make your Rangers debut as an 18-year-old is a remarkable achievement but not one that Glenn Middleton realised the magnitude of.

The now 22-year-old recently sealed his permanent exit from Ibrox after years of being a fringe player to join Jack Ross’ Dundee United at Tannadice.

Middleton revealed that he didn’t realise at the time how big his debut was in the grand scheme of things while also admitting the time had come for him to leave the Light Blues.

“I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I got at Rangers but there comes a time when you need to push on and that time is now,” Middleton told Courier Sport.

“I’m very proud of my time there. Maybe sometimes I don’t realise that I was only 18 when I was doing what I was doing — playing in Europe and starting for Rangers in the Premiership. Not many 18-year-olds can say that.

“However, I can’t just say that for the rest of my career. I need to move on and show everyone why I was in that position in the first place.”

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After that amazing start to his Rangers career, Middleton’s progress came to a very abrupt halt at Ibrox and his exit for a new challenge was long overdue by the time he eventually left.

Three years without a single appearance for the Bears with loan spells sprinkled in has seen him fall way out of favour with the management team and with such wingers as Ryan Kent and Rabbi Matondo now in the squad, chances are limited.

If he had managed more success while out on loan things could have been different but he has scored just 10 goals in 88 appearances at Bradford City, Hibernian and St Johnstone.

But Giovanni van Bronckhorst can’t afford to settle for mediocrity anymore and even though Middleton burst onto the scene as a teenager, he can only live off that for so long and without building on that flying start, he has been left with no choice but to part ways with Rangers.

In other Rangers news, Ross McCausland is attracting even more interest from English Football League clubs who want to sign him on loan.