Glasgow Rangers winger Glenn Middleton looked all set to join Doncaster Rovers on loan a couple of weeks ago, before Grant McCann upped sticks and left for Hull City.
That move had appeared to stall but, according to a report in the Daily Record (live blog 07/07 10:09am), it’s still very much alive and kicking. Doncaster are merely waiting for a new manager to ratify the deal.
Their chief executive Gavin Baldwin has admitted that it could still go ahead, despite the current delay.
“At this stage the players want to assure themselves that we appoint the right manager and obviously we want to give our new manager the courtesy of running the players past them.
“But we have signings ready to go upon the appointment of the manager.
“We as a club believe those signings are extremely exciting and as part of the process of the recruitment of the new manager, we’ve been talking about them with the candidates and they share our enthusiasm and our delight that should these players come in we believe the fans will see we are determined to make next year as exciting as last.”
19-year-old Middleton began his career with Norwich City, despite having been born in Glasgow. His family relocated to Northampton when he was young, leading him to Carrow Road.
He ended up back at Ibrox in January 2018, linking up with his former youth team boss at Norwich, Graeme Murty. He’s been capped by Scotland up to Under 21 level, but has yet to break into the senior side.
This makes perfect sense. The club shouldn’t be bringing in players without a manager – what if the new boss doesn’t fancy them?
Any new manager might not play the same style, he might have other targets and it would be remiss to tie up some of his budget unduly.
That said, they desperately need to get a new man in so there is room to wiggle in the market.