Norwich City reunion as Rangers wide man looks set for Hibs loan deal
PUBLISHED: 11:49 05 August 2019 | UPDATED: 11:49 05 August 2019
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A Norwich City reunion of three different playing ‘generations’ is on the cards north of the border.
Hibs boss Paul Heckingbottom is looking to sign Glenn Middleton - once a part of City's academy - on loan from Rangers.
Confirmation of the deal is imminent, and when it goes through it means Middleton will be reunited with Steven Whittaker, who helped the youngster through his formative years at Norwich.
Middleton, 19, was at Easter Road on Saturday for Hibs' 1-0 win over St Mirren and Heckingbottom - who played for City in 2002-03 - confirmed the club were hoping to agree a loan deal for the wide man, dependant after the player undergoes his medical on Monday.
Middleton looked to be on his to Holland with NAC Breda but once Hibs made their interest known as cover for the injured Martin Boyle, he was keen to stay in Scotland.
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Whittaker was at City from 2012 to 2017 and saw Middleton coming through the ranks.
"I played with Glenn at Norwich when I was down there and he was a young boy coming through," said Whittaker. "He was highly thought of and he trained with the first-team a few times.
"Being Scottish I got to know him a little bit and he will fit in well here with the boys. He is a great lad with great talent and he would be a good addition if he comes in.
"He is another guy who can unlock defences. He has played through the middle and out left with Rangers. He has power and quality when he gets into the final third.
"We can give him game time if he isn't getting it at Rangers so it will only be good for him if he comes here.
"He is a different player to Martin Boyle and he hasn't played a lot of first team football. He could grow here and get more football."
Middleton was unable to break into the first team at Carrow Road and left for Rangers in January 2018. He played 28 times for Rangers last season, scoring against CSKA Moscow in the Europa League.