Glenn Middleton joins Rangers in permanent deal

Glenn Middleton joined Rangers in a permanent deal on deadline day. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus I

Glenn Middleton joined Rangers in a permanent deal on deadline day. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City youngster Glenn Middleton has joined Rangers.

The 18-year-old will link up once again with Graeme Murty at the Scottish Premiership side, with Murty having coached the youngster at Under-18s level during his time with the Canaries.

It is unclear at this stage whether a fee was involved although the club have said there is an 'additional sell-on clause related to his future development'.

Academy manager Steve Weaver admitted the club couldn't offer Middleton first team football and the Scottish giants have made their move.

'Glenn expressed a desire to play first team football,' Weaver told the club's official website.

'This hasn't been easy for us to sort as there is strong competition in his position within the first team. Now, this opportunity has come up for him to go to Rangers.

'He's a Scottish lad and it's a great chance for him to go home and play some first team football. It's in his best interests to go and play up there.

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'We'd like to thank Glenn for his service to Norwich City and wish him the best for the future.'

Middleton will also join Russell Martin at Ibrox after the defender joined earlier in January on loan for the rest of the season.

Graham Dorrans also joined Rangers last summer from the Canaries for a reported fee of £750,000.

Rangers head of academy Craig Mulholland views the signing of the Scottish Under-19 international as a major coup.

'We are delighted to sign Glenn as he is a player that we have tracked for some time both at Norwich and with Scotland,' he told Rangers' official site. 'He is a starting player in the Scotland under-19 team which has reached the elite stage of the European Championship's even though he is still at under-18 age.

'He is a powerful and very quick wide player who fits well with our player characteristics for that position and we believe he will excel within our style of play having already played many games in Norwich's under-23 team despite his young age.

'Importantly Glenn has shown a real desire to join Rangers and is hungry and driven to succeed and it is important that we see this desperation to do well at Rangers in a players eyes when they join the club.

'We are delighted to secure one of Scotland's brightest young talents and I know the development squad coaches David McCallum, Billy Kirkwood and Peter Lovenkrands are looking forward to working with Glenn and we all wish him well in his Rangers career.'