Grant McCann has confirmed that Doncaster Rovers are close to signing a player with ‘Europa League experience’, but refused to be drawn on whether that is Rangers wide man Glenn Middleton, as reported by the Doncaster Free Press.
Reports emerging last night seem to suggest that Middleton, a former Norwich City youth player, is due to make a season-long loan move to South Yorkshire this week.
The 19-year-old had a breakthrough season with the Ibrox giants, playing 28 matches and scoring five goals in the process. He featured in the SPFL as well as the Europa League and has Scotland Under 21 honours too.
McCann, who took his side to sixth in League One last season, confirmed a deal is happening for a player fitting Middleton’s description, but fell short of naming him.
“That is at an advanced stage,” McCann confirmed. “It’s just getting the timing right of when it’ll be done.
“That deal will happen. I’m 100 per cent sure that will happen. When? I’m not so sure because there are a couple of things that need to happen at his club first.
“I’m in real advanced talks with the player and with his agent, who I know really well, and he is assuring me he is going nowhere else than Doncaster. The boy has already been looking for houses and apartments in Doncaster.”
Middleton was born in Glasgow, but relocated to Northampton when he was young and ended up on the books of Norwich City. He wound up with his boyhood heroes following Graeme Murty’s appointment as manager, having previously worked under him in the Norwich youth set up.
This move has ‘quality’ stamped all over it. Middleton broke through at Rangers last season and arguably, they’re one of the biggest clubs in the UK. The experience of Joe Worrall shows what a spell there can do for a young player.
He now needs a full season of football under his belt, something it seems he can be offered at Doncaster. He’ll be an ideal replacement for Mallik Wilks who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Keepmoat last season.