Rangers winger Glenn Middleton is hugely motivated by the eventual arrival of Jordan Jones at Ibrox and isn’t going to give up his place in Steven Gerrard’s first-team without a fight.
Kilmarnock star Jones will join up with the Gers squad at the end of the season having signing a four-year deal on a pre-contract.
The deal has led some to call into question Middleton’s future role in the team, but the teenager himself is unfazed by the prospect of more competition.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said:
The gaffer has brought in players for this window and for next season. I just have to make sure whenever I get a chance, I take it.
We all want to win the league and trophies, so anyone of quality who can help us do that will be welcomed.
We are all competing for a start in this team, but that’s what happens at a big club like Rangers.
We push each other on every day, but that helps you win things and that’s what we want to do.
Middleton’s comments highlight why signings are not just made for the benefit of having another option in a certain position.
New blood in the team can also really push on the game of others already at the club, especially young, hungry players like Middleton who are desperate to solidify their Rangers career.
Jones’ presence in the squad will help the youngster find more consistency and make him work harder as he looks to prove himself to Steven Gerrard and the Rangers support.
Hopefully that even works in the second half of this season before the Kilmarnock man makes the move to Glasgow.