Middleton disappointed Rangers goals brought no reward
The winger scored against Spartak on his first European start was ultimately disappointed.
Rangers youngster Glenn Middleton scored in Moscow on his first European start for the club but said it was "pretty gutting" that Rangers lost 4-3 after scoring freely against Spartak.
Middleton's corner was headed into his own goal by Roman Eremenko to give the visitors the lead and Daniel Candeias scored before Middleton fired home Rangers third goal but they were pegged back each time by the Russians, who went on to score a fourth and take all three points.
The defeat saw Rangers slip from first to third in their Europa League group and Middleton admitted that was a blow after the team got so much right.
"It's very disappointing," he said. "We obviously knew what we wanted to come here and do.
"We wanted to get the three points so to score three goals and come away with nothing is pretty gutting.
"We can't be too hard on ourselves because we've done ever so well to get to this stage and be in this position so I think we just switch our focus to the next couple of games coming up."
The winger reflected on a big night personally and said he aimed to make the most of the chance provided by Ryan Kent's injury.
"It obviously meant a lot [to start] but at the same time it's just a game of football," he said. "I just need to get on with it and do what I can do.
"I think it was fortunate how it came through to me [for the goal]but I finished it well, thankfully.
"I just need to take every chance whenever it comes. it's obviously a massive disappointment to Ryan and to the team because he's obviously contributed so much to get us to this stage but hopefully I can do as well as he has."