Rangers loanee scores in hammering to help seal World Cup spot
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Rangers loanee scores in hammering to help seal World Cup spot

Rangers loanee Cedric Itten scored as Switzerland hammered Bulgaria to seal a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

After a mixed first campaign at Ibrox and an impressive pre-season during which he netted against both Real Madrid and Arsenal, Itten was shipped out on loan to Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth in August.

Itten in action for Greuther Fürth for whom he’s scored twice in the Bundesliga. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

The Gers included a recall clause in the deal, but with Fürth claiming they had an option to sign him permanently in the summer, he didn’t look to have much of a future at Ibrox with Steven Gerrard at the helm.

Gerrard’s abrupt move to Aston Villa may have changed things, though, and Itten sent a reminder of his abilities on Monday night.

The 24-year-old striker came off the bench in the 68th minute of Switzerland’s final World Cup Qualifying Group C fixture with his side already 2-0 up against Bulgaria and four minutes later, he extended the advantage to three goals.

The Gers loanee glanced home a header from fellow substitute Renato Steffen’s cross to send the crowd wild in Lucerne.

Rangers loanee Cedric Itten helped seal Switzerland’s spot at the 2022 World Cup. (Photo by STEFAN WERMUTH/AFP via Getty Images)

Remo Freuler completed the scoring with a fourth for the hosts in injury time and with Italy drawing in Belfast, Switzerland secured a spot at Qatar 2022 as Group C winners.

It’s a great achievement for the landlocked nation and Itten will be delighted with his contribution, particularly after missing out on the squad for Euro 2020 due to a relative lack of playing time at Ibrox.

Meanwhile, a Rangers player has been pictured with a famous actor in Glasgow.

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