Cedric Itten tipped to come back stronger from loan spell
Former Rangers boss Alex McLeish has tipped Cedric Itten to be a bigger threat in Scottish football when he returns from his loan spell in Germany. The striker joined Greuther Furth on transfer deadline day after being out of favour in Steven Gerrard 's frontline. He hopes a move to the...
The striker joined Greuther Furth on transfer deadline day after being out of favour in Steven Gerrard's frontline.
He hopes a move to the Bundesliga will provide more minutes under his belt and a chance to develop in his career.
The 24-year-old joined Ibrox last January from St Gallen but has found minutes in light blue hard to come by.
Though, a spell in Germany's top flight could do the Swiss forward the world of good, says former Rangers and Scotland manager McLeish.
The 62-year-old also admitted the striker won't be sharp right now as he looks to earn more first team football.
Itten struggled to feature for Rangers often enough last season as the champions favoured Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe up front in the majority of matches.
McLeish told Football Insider: “It’s one less striker, and their depth up front was what got credited as a big factor in their title win".
“But Itten has not had a lot of game time. His legs aren’t there in terms of the sharpness you need to be a striker.
“If he can get more game time in Germany then who knows? He could come back a better and more confident player for Rangers and be more of a threat in Scotland.
“In the Bundesliga, there are 6 to 10 clubs who are competing for European competitions. It’s a really high level of football.”
Itten has made 36 appearances for Rangers, many of them as a substitute, scoring six times.