The teenager was initially brought to Easter Road by Paul Heckingbottom. Rangers sent him to Hibs for first-team experience as it didn’t look likely at Ibrox this term.
His minutes under the former Hibees man were limited but not to such an extent he couldn’t get into matchday squads. Under Jack Ross though, that’s exactly what’s happened.
Out the picture
Since Ross’ arrival, Middleton hasn’t featured in a Hibs squad, never mind an appearance. It’ll be a frustrating time for young winger as he’ll have expected this spell to earn him regular minutes.
So far this season Middleton’s made eight appearances for the Edinburgh outfit. His last came in October against Livingston. According to Ross though, he isn’t doing much wrong in training.
Speaking after the match against Kilmarnock, he says that boys like Middleton and Josh Vela, who’s also found himself out of favour, just need to keep up what they’re doing in training.
“They’ve trained really well, they’ve been positive in everything I’ve asked them to do and I’ve talked to them a lot,” Ross said of the Hibees struggling for a game. “When that opportunity comes, you can’t say for certain, but if it comes along, they’ve got to make sure they take it and the only way they take it is if they continue to train properly. To their credit, they’ve done that to date.”