Graeme Murty admits Rangers landing Glenn Middleton shocked him

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers pulled off the deadline day deal to bring Glenn Middleton to Ibrox.

Rangers imanager Graeme Murty is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Aberdeen at Ibrox Stadium on January 24, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

In comments reported by the Daily Record, Graeme Murty has admitted that he was stunned to learn that Glenn Middleton had been made available by Norwich City ahead of his deadline day move to Rangers.

Rangers enjoyed an incredibly productive January transfer window and rounded it off in the final hours by completing a move for the 18-year-old, with BBC Sport reporting that he had signed an 18-month deal at Ibrox and would be working with their under-23 side.

Filip Lesniak of Tottenham Hotspur and Glenn Middleton of Norwich City compete for the ball during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City at White...

And Murty has insisted that he was shocked to learn that a potential move may be possible, and suggested that he has extremely high hopes for the promising winger, confirming that he has already trained with the first-team.

“Glenn’s a really exciting player and I’ve known him for a long time. I was really surprised when I heard that he was able to leave Norwich. I was shocked to be honest," he said, as reported by the Daily Record.

“I got straight on the phone to Craig Mulholland and we made it happen. He’s desperate to be here, he’s a passionate Rangers fan and he ticks lots of boxes.

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“He’s a pacy, left-footed player who can beat people and finish.The platform is now here for him to go and accelerate. I’ve said to all of the young players that if they’re good enough they can push into the first team and see what it’s like to be a Rangers player.

“Glenn trained with the first team on Thursday. Physically, he’s very adept but he needs to get used to his surroundings and how we play."

Given Murty's background in working with young players and his willingness to give them a chance in the first-team, it would certainly be no surprise if the Ibrox faithful got the chance to see the teenager in action before the season reaches its conclusion.

With the youngster currently signed to a relatively short deal, Murty may want to try and give him his chance as soon as he is ready, to really have a closer look as to how he copes with the demands of senior football, and the pressure that comes with playing for a club of Rangers' stature.

But it certainly appears that the Gers boss is more than confident that Middleton has the potential required to shine on the big stage and make the deal seem like a huge coup for the Scottish Premiership side.

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