Rangers forward Cedric Itten has admitted that he was gutted to miss out on selection for Euro 2020 but has vowed to work hard at club level in order to get back into the Switzerland squad [SRF].
Itten joined the Gers in a £2.7m move from Swiss Super League side St Gallen last summer [Sky Sports] following an impressive 20-goal season.
However, he didn’t manage to fully establish himself in his first campaign at Ibrox, only scoring six goals and notching three assists.
He racked up 38 appearances across all competitions, but only nine of those were starts.
Itten had been a part of the senior Switzerland set up prior to his move to Glasgow and he has three international goals to his name, but manager Vladimir Petkovic ultimately decided he hadn’t done enough to warrant selection for the Euros and picked the likes of Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic instead.
“Of course, I would have loved to be there,” he admitted [SRF]. “Representing Switzerland at such a big tournament would have been a dream come true. Unfortunately, that’s not the case now.”
“But I’m trying to work hard so that I can make it to the next big tournament.
“I always believed in it, but in the end, it’s the coach’s decision and it’s clear that I accept that. I hope that my big time in the national team will still come.”
Next season could be make or break at Ibrox for Itten, particularly if he is serious about his national team ambitions.
The 24-year-old needs to find a way to get into the starting XI and to start producing the kind of goalscoring form that earned him his big move to Glasgow in the first place.
That’s easier said than done, though, given that he has Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe, Jermain Defoe and now new signing Fashion Sakala, to compete with.
One of Itten’s Rangers teammates did make it to Euro 2020 but was snubbed by his manager for their first game of the tournament.