St. Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has insisted the door isn’t closed on a return to McDiarmid Park for Rangers winger Glenn Middleton – and believes the 21-year-old is capable of “great things” if he’s given regular minutes.
Middleton spent the second half of the season on loan in Perth, helping the Saints finish fifth in the Premiership before securing the Scottish Cup to land a historic domestic cup double this season.
While the Scotland under-21 star will return to Rangers for pre-season, Davidson hinted that if Middleton doesn’t head back to McDiarmid Park, another Ibrox youngster could head up the A9 instead.
Speaking to the Courier, Davidson was full of praise for Middleton – and Rangers – admitting that he can see a big future ahead for the talented winger.
Glenn wasn’t getting first-team football at Rangers and he wanted to prove himself,” said Davidson. “All credit to him for doing that.
“He stepped up and scored some crucial goals for us.
“I do believe that if Glenn has a full season with someone and plays a lot of games he’ll go on to do great things and push for a place in the Scotland squad.
“I’ve spoken to Rangers, who have been brilliant. They’ve been really honest with me.
“They want him to go back there and they’ll assess how he’s getting on.
“It’s definitely not one I’d shut the door on.
“We’ve got a good relationship with Rangers and hopefully, if it isn’t Glenn, it will maybe be somebody else.”
Middleton made 13 appearances for the Saints, scoring three times, including a stunning free-kick in the Scottish Cup semi-final win over St. Mirren.
With only one appearance for Rangers over the last two seasons, this will be a massive pre-season for him to prove he still has an Ibrox future.