St. Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has heaped praise on Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton after his impressive start to the season in Perth – and admits it is a “pity” he can’t face his parent club this weekend.

Rangers travel to Perth on Saturday to take on last season’s domestic cup double winners as the Light Blues aim to build momentum following their Old Firm win just before the international break.

While Middleton impressed with Scotland under-21s, the winger will be sidelined this weekend and Davidson thinks his current form means the winger is an “important player” for the Saints.

“With Glenn, it looks like he is growing in stature,” Davidson told Not The Old Firm.

“He is gaining confidence and his tail is up. I think some of that comes from last season. He is going to be a really important player for us going forward and getting victories. It was great for me to see him score as he always seems to get those chances.

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“That is something we are looking for at St Johnstone. It’s just a pity he isn’t available on Saturday due to the agreements of his loan spell. I’m gutted that he isn’t available to play.”

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