It was my dream to score for Rangers in Europe – but my AZ winner topped it, insists Dundee United hero Glenn Middleton | Pro IQRA News

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GLENN MIDDLETON fulfilled a boyhood dream by scoring for Rangers in Europe.

But he insists his best winner for new club Dundee United topped it off against AZ Alkmaar.

Glenn Middleton scores for Dundee United against AZ.

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Glenn Middleton scores for Dundee United against AZ.Credit: Kenny Ramsay
Glenn Middleton celebrates a goal against Spartak Moscow.

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Glenn Middleton celebrates a goal against Spartak Moscow.Credit: Willie Wass – The Sun Glasgow

The winger became an instant hero at the Tannadice, clinching two players and then curling home alongside fellow new boy Jamie McGrath before giving Jack Ross’ side a famous win.

Middleton also found the net in the 2018 Europa League for Gers against Spartak Moscow.

And the 22-year-old believes his Conference League cracker was worth the four-year wait.

Middleton, who spent his sleepless, adrenaline-fuelled hours watching it through the night, said: “It was an incredible feeling, scoring in front of my family.

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“I scored for Rangers against Spartak Moscow. It was an incredible feeling, but it’s probably more than that.

“I looked at my family in the Eddie Thompson stand, everyone was there, my mum, dad, sister and girlfriend.

“I then went back halfway and it was an incredible feeling. It’s a moment that will never leave me.

“It’s definitely the best night in terms of the emotions I’ve felt in the game.

“These are the moments you need to enjoy and the manager made sure we did.

“Even before the game he told us to enjoy the game and not let it pass us by. I don’t think we did that.

“Our aim is to sum up the quality of the squad.

“I’ve seen it a few times. I didn’t sleep much Thursday night!

“The goal came together well. Dylan Leavitt played a great pass and I was able to bring it down and play in Jamie McGrath.

“It was a fantastic team goal and you saw everyone’s emotions come out when the ball went in.”

United hadn’t been in Europe for a decade before this week and marked the occasion by bringing out their greatest ever player, Dave Nary, before kick-off.

It added to the sense of a new chapter in history being made and Middleton insists the players were well aware of what it meant to their fans.

He said: “There was all the talk of Dundee United getting back on the European stage and we didn’t want to let this opportunity pass us by. We didn’t.

“We have to enjoy it. It doesn’t happen often and when it does you need to enjoy it.

“I have some beautiful writing and hopefully I can have a few more nights like this.

“I’m absolutely delighted with it.

“Everybody had their own scenarios going into the game and how they wanted it to go and that was pretty much how I wanted it to go. It was just a great night, but it doesn’t mean anything until we’re out there. Don’t go and do things again next week.

“That’s what we’re going to try to do.”


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Middleton spent the last 18 months on loan at St Johnstone so has not been a Rangers player for some time.

But he still had to return there in the summer while his future under Giovanni van Bronkhorst was decided.

It was increasingly clear that he would not get a second chance and a move elsewhere would be on the cards.

United jumped out to sign him and while Middleton admits it is a wrench to leave Ibrox after so long, he is excited by the fresh challenge at United.

He said: “I always say that because I’m always very grateful for the opportunities I was given there.

“But it was time to come to another club permanently and work as a goal on important nights.

“It’s a start, but I need to keep doing it consistently and keep building week in week out. I know I can produce things like this and I’m grateful the manager is now like that. Just feeling it.

“It’s about me doing it consistently now and it’s a challenge for me.

“This is not just a scramble team. This is a top, top team and I see that in training.

“I’ve only been here a week, but everyone is going in the right direction and hopefully it will continue to go well.”

While United fans are focused on next week’s second leg in Holland, Ross and his players will soon turn their attention to tomorrow’s trip to Livingston.

From Thursday’s high, it’s back to the Premiership’s bread and butter.

Middleton has experienced the rigors of the European schedule before and knows exactly what it takes to recover in time and ensure his league form is not damaged.

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He added: “Obviously we need to focus now on the Livingston game. It’s a big game because we want to keep the run going.

“We want to keep the spirit high and I’m sure we’ll do everything we can to get the points.”


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