Rangers may have won a Swiss watch with £2.5m summer signing Cedric Itten, according to Neuchâtel Xamax boss and former Celtic defender Stephane Henchoz.
The ex-Liverpool centre-half is a former teammate of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and was talking up the powerful striker during the international break as a top-class finisher.
Henchoz, 46, claims that whilst the former Basel and St. Gallen striker isn’t quite the finished product, he believes he someone with real potential.
The former Swiss international defender has also hastened the Ibrox support to be patient with the striker as makes an adjustment to life in Glasgow.
Henchoz got an insight into Glasgow goldfish bowl having spent six months with Celtic after leaving Liverpool in January 2005.
“Itten had to go to St Gallen to play his football and two years ago he had a very bad leg injury,” said Henchoz [Daily Record].
“He’s had to work hard to get back and last season he was very good. He scored a lot of goals at St Gallen last term.
“Cedric is an excellent finisher. I wouldn’t say he’s the finished product yet – but he’s got real potential. He’s a player Steven can work with at Rangers to fulfil that.
“He’s quite quick over the first five yards but still has to work on his overall speed. Any striker needs that now. But in the box, Cedric’s a top finisher and that’s probably his biggest quality.
“When he gets the ball in there, he WILL score goals. Is he a target man? He can certainly play that role. But technically he’s good, he can bring people into play.
“But when he isn’t facing the game, he can play that type of game as well.
“I’d say Cedric is quite complete as a modern-day striker. Of course, he can still improve but he doesn’t just have one side to his game.
“Scottish football is always quick and physical. So as a striker you always need a bit of time to adapt.
“Cedric might need some more time to show his best at Rangers. When he does, I’m sure he’ll score goals there.
“But it’s important that the fans give him time. They have to realise that the pressure on him playing for Rangers is just not the same – not at all – from playing for a small club in Switzerland.
“It’s different in Scotland especially when you’re playing for the Old Firm.”
It’s a glowing commendation from Henchoz and comes not long after fans congratulated Itten, 23, for getting off the mark for Rangers with an impressive double in the 5-1 win over Motherwell.
The striker will be hoping for more opportunities at both club and international level as he looks to take the next steps in his development.
Itten never got off the bench as the Swiss fell to a 1-0 defeat to Spain over the weekend but will be hoping to get some minutes against Germany as he recovers from a knee injury.