Glenn Middleton is ready for lift off at Norwich City

Glenn Middleton impressed at the Euros for Scotland's Under-17s. Picture: Matthew Usher/Focus Images

Glenn Middleton impressed at the Euros for Scotland's Under-17s. Picture: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

Glenn Middleton is a young man in a hurry at Norwich City.

The highly-rated wide player, who signed a two-and-half-year professional contract with the Canaries on his 17th birthday back in January, aims to 'kick on' at Carrow Road next season.

Middleton impressed for Scotland's Under-17s in their run to the European Championship finals in Croatia before a cruel late defeat to France robbed Scot Gemmill's squad of a place in the last eight. The young Scots conceded a last minute winner when a point from their final pool clash would have took them through to the knock-out stages.

The City teenager, however, is now turning his focus back to club matters ahead of the arrival of a new head coach in the coming weeks.

'I'll look after myself over the summer, have a bit of a rest and then look to kick on,' he said. 'I'll have a new manager to impress at Norwich. If not, then hopefully I could get a loan move and play in a first team somewhere.'

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Former City stalwart and now Scottish FA performance director, Malky Mackay, was in Croatia to watch Middleton's group miss out on a last eight place.

'It's one of those things that we'll have to get over and learn our lessons for the next opportunity we get,' said Middleton, speaking to the Scottish Sun. 'The message we got from Malky and Scot Gemmill in the dressing room afterwards was that we could have disappointments in our career and it's about how you bounce back from them. This is just the start for us and we'll go again.

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'Heading into the Euros we were unbeaten in six qualifying games, then we managed the win and draw from our first two games in Croatia. What we've achieved is pretty unbelievable. We've shown that we're not a 'small' team and that we can compete with the so-called bigger nations.'

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