Glenn Middleton is ready to make his case to start next month’s massive Scottish League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden.
The 18-year-old has dazzled supporters with some impressive performances already this season and made his first ever start for the club on Wednesday night, scoring two goals in the Scottish League Cup quarter-final against Ayr United.
Now he’s desperate to play a part in the next round.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Middleton said:
Everyone has got their own case. It’s just about doing your bit in training and giving the manager a decision to make.
I played as a striker when I was younger. It was my position, and like any forward, I love scoring goals. Of course, it would mean everything to me to be involved. I’m as desperate as anyone to win a trophy.
We have a really good squad now and I think everyone can see that. We have two or three top players in every position. So it’s up to us to give the best performance we can.
Middleton could be in the running to feature up front in the match due to Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty not being involved.
The Colombian got himself booked on Wednesday night, ruling him out of the Hampden date with the Dons, while Lafferty is cup-tied having played in earlier rounds with Hearts before his move to Ibrox.
With only the £1.6m-rated Umar Sadiq left as a recognised striker, Steven Gerrard isn’t blessed with options.
Sadiq has barely featured since his loan move from Roma and the manager indicated he would need to improve a lot between now and the semi-final to feature.
Does that leave the door open for Middleton? Time will tell.
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