Rangers manager Steven Gerrard could hand just a third league start to one of his summer signings against Motherwell on Sunday afternoon.

The Gers come into the game in outstanding form, following a 2-1 triumph over Aberdeen last weekend that was their 15th consecutive Premiership win.

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Alfredo Morelos scored twice as Rangers defeated Aberdeen last weekend. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The lack of midweek games so far this month reduces the need for rotation and with Scott Arfield, Ryan Jack and Kemar Roofe out injured, the starting XI largely picks itself right now.

At the top end of the pitch, Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent are both near guaranteed to start after returning to form at Pittodrie.

However, the Gers boss may consider making a change in the right inside forward berth.

Ianis Hagi has contributed a lot in recent weeks, scoring twice and registering two assists in his last six appearances, while he made a big impact off the bench against Celtic earlier in the month.

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Yet, after a bright start, he was the least effective of the forward players in Aberdeen and Gerrard could drop him to the bench in order to bring in Itten.


The Switzerland international has been starved of playing time recently, featuring for just 21 minutes across Rangers’ last five league matches.

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Rangers striker Cedric Itten is pushing for a rare start vs Motherwell. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s harsh on a player who has been largely impressive since his arrival from St Gallen in August, showing desire, strength and quality in the majority of his outings to date.

Itten struggled a little as the loan striker in the League Cup defeat at St Mirren in December, but he scored a crucial goal off the bench just a few days later as Rangers completed a comeback win over Motherwell at Ibrox.

In fact, all three of his league goals in Light Blue have come against the Steelmen, which should strengthen his case for a recall.

The 24-year-old has only started twice in the Premiership so far this season, but in both of those games against Kilmarnock, he was deployed in the right-sided berth and he showed an ability to take on defenders as well as providing a considerable aerial threat at the back post from Borna Barisic’s crosses.

Should Itten get the nod, he’ll likely be joined in the starting XI by a fellow summer signing whose outstanding displays have pushed a 2019 recruit down the pecking order.

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