Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom could hand Glenn Middleton his debut this weekend against Morton in the Betfred Cup after securing a season-long loan from Rangers – and the Hibees boss would be crazy not to pitch him straight into the starting XI.

Middleton comes to Easter Road with a lot of hype behind him following a fantastic breakthrough season at Ibrox saw him hit the net in the Europa League and become a regular in Steven Gerrard’s side.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Glenn Middleton of Rangers celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Motherwell at Ibrox Stadium on November 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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A raft of signings at Ibrox over the summer pushed the Scottish youth international down the pecking order and the chance to prove himself at Easter Road will be a massive opportunity for him.

The winger’s directness will have defenders constantly worried and the weekend clash with Morton is the ideal time to unleash him for the first time.

After last week’s 6-1 thrashing by Rangers, dishing out a similar thumping to Morton would help the Hibees quickly get it out of their system.

Playing weaker opposition in a game that Hibs really should be comfortably winning means Middleton’s introduction should be as hassle-free as possible.

Despite only being 19, Middleton is likely to be a very important player for Heckingbottom’s side, and getting him up to speed quickly is vital.

VIENNA, AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 13: Mert Muelduer of Rapid and Glenn Middleton of Rangers during the UEFA Europa League match between Rapid Wien and Rangers at Weststadion on December 13, 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
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Next weekend’s clash with St. Johnstone at Easter Road should be a tougher test for the young winger – but one he should come through with flying colours.

Before that though, a run-out against Championship Morton will be a good chance for fans to see him in action for Hibs for the first time.

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