St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson has predicted that Rangers loanee Glenn Middleton will be key for his side – but he’s ‘gutted’ he can’t use him against the Ibrox side.

Rangers sent Middleton to McDiarmid Park for another loan spell during the summer transfer window, following a successful six-month stint in the second half of last term. St Johnstone welcome the Ibrox outfit to McDiarmid Park in the Scottish Premiership this Saturday and Middleton is unavailable against his parent club.

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The Rangers loanee is unavailable against his Ibrox employers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He scored for Scotland U21s midweek while goalkeeper Ross Sinclair also featured for the Scots youngsters. Davidson said: “It was great (to see Middleton and Sinclair in the U21s). We had Ross Sinclair playing, who has been out for nine months with hand surgery. So to play for the Scotland U21s was an amazing achievement for him.

“With Glenn, it looks like he is growing in stature. He is gaining confidence and his tail is up. I think some of that comes from last season. He is going to be a really important player for us going forward and getting victories. It was great for me to see him score as he always seems to get those chances.

“That is something we are looking for at St Johnstone. It’s just a pity he isn’t available on Saturday due to the agreements of his loan spell. I’m gutted that he isn’t available to play.”

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