Rangers star warned he is on his last chance to be an Ibrox success
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Rangers star warned he is on his last chance to be an Ibrox success

Rangers legend Barry Ferguson admits Ibrox striker Cedric Itten needs to grab his second chance with the Gers with both hands as he confessed it is probably the Swiss star’s last chance to make a mark with the Light Blues.

Itten was recalled from a loan spell with Bundesliga side Greuther Furth earlier this week after Jermain Defoe left the club and Ferguson insists that he’s always thought there was a “proper Rangers player” there in Itten.

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However, writing in his Daily Record column, the Alloa boss conceded that Itten needs to show much more than he did before he was sent out on loan over the summer if he is to seize his opportunity and show he deserves the second chance given to him.

“I’ve always thought there might be a proper Rangers player inside Cedric. But, if there is, then the big man had better hurry up and get it out,” Ferguson said.

“He wouldn’t have expected this second chance to come around so quickly at the start of the season when Steven Gerrard let him leave on loan to German side Greuther Furth. He may even have suspected at the time as if this was the start of the end of his Ibrox career.

“But things change quickly in football and, when they do, you have to be ready to make the most of the opportunities which land on your lap.

“And make no mistake, this is Itten’s big chance to prove that he has a future at my old club. Probably his last one.”

Itten impressed in pre-season clashes with Arsenal and Real Madrid but has struggled to show consistently what he can bring to the team.

While his stint in Germany didn’t exactly go to plan either, a return to Ibrox under a new manager could be the spark that his Rangers career needed to really get going.

Meanwhile, a rival Premiership manager has suggested Rangers are unlikely to snap up transfer target during the January window.