Glenn Middleton is back at Rangers after Hibs decided to cut his loan short.

The winger was initially brought to Easter Road by Paul Heckingbottom during the summer. It was supposed to be a season-long loan, but the Hibees have opted to cut it after just under half the term.

Middleton has returned to Rangers. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A club statement from Hibs reads: “Hibernian can confirm that Glenn Middleton’s loan from Rangers has been cut short. Initially due to run until the end of the season, Glenn has been allowed to return to Ibrox ahead of the January transfer window opening, when he will be free to feature for Steven Gerrard’s side.

“Brought in as an option out wide following the loss of Martin Boyle to injury, the Australian international’s return to fitness and top form ahead of schedule has limited Glenn’s first team involvement of late.

“He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Easter Road.”

Middleton back at Rangers following lack of Hibs opportunities

Whilst not starting every week, Middleton was getting minutes under Heckingbottom. He made six Premiership appearances prior to the Yorkshireman’s sacking, plus two League Cup bows.

Heckingbottom brought him to Leith. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Following the arrival of Jack Ross though, Middleton’s not got near the Hibees first-team. Prior to his loan being terminated, the teenager failed to make a matchday squad in Leith.

Ross obviously feels like he has enough cover and depth to deal without Middleton. It also allows the winger to head back to Govan, where another move will likely occur based on how strong Steven Gerrard’s side have been this term.

Middleton’s stint in Leith was short and some may be left a bit disappointed that it didn’t play out a bit better for the teenager.

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