Scotland youth international Glenn Middleton eyes further first-team involvement as his confidence grows at Norwich City
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Rising star Glenn Middleton is hungry for success with Norwich City, after getting his first glimpses of the first-team squad this season.
The winger is currently away with the Scotland Under-17s and looking to help secure qualification for this year's European U17 Championships in Croatia.
That follows some impressive progress with City's U23s this season, scoring four goals in 20 games, and being named on the bench for the first team's FA Cup third round replay at Southampton in January.
Middleton, still just 17, was an unused substitute that night but also signed a two-and-a-half-year professional contract with the Canaries at the start of the year.
'At Norwich we're fortunate that if we do well we get the chance to train with the first team,' the Glasgow-born youngster said.
'I've trained with them a few times and was in the squad for the FA Cup game against Southampton so I'll be aiming to get more opportunities like that.
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'I was really nervous on the bus but as the day went on I grew in confidence and although I didn't get on it gave me a taste of being involved at that level.
'It's been good having (Scotland international) Russell Martin around. He's the friendliest guy at the club and always chats to me.
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'With the Scotland squad all the players know that if we can keep doing well then we know the senior team could call us up for a training session or something and that's a massive incentive for us.'
Middleton moved to England with his family at eight years old and joined the Norwich academy four years later, where Canaries legend Darren Huckerby has worked closely with the speedy wide-man.
The winger is hoping to go his third U17 European Championship, having been selected for Bulgaria in 2015 and Azerbaijan last year, with the elite round of qualification starting tonight.
The Scots face Montenegro at 7.30pm, followed by Serbia at 3pm on Sunday and Switzerland at 5pm next Wednesday – with all three games being played at the Paisley 2021 Stadium.
'This is definitely the best team I've played in,' Middleton said, speaking to the Scottish FA's website. 'We seem to have strength in every position as well as depth. I think we're capable of doing good things.
'The Portugal victory (winning 1-0 in Portugal in September) was awesome and just shows we're capable of not only competing against nations like that but defeating them.
'Everyone sees the results but this is a chance for us to play in front of the public and show what we're capable of.'