Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has raved about the performance of substitute Cedric Itten in Saturday’s 3-1 comeback win over Motherwell [RangersTV].
The Steelmen took the lead early on at Ibrox before switching to an ultra-defensive approach that frustrated the hosts for long periods.
However, the Swiss international was introduced for Jermain Defoe in the second half and his back-post header in the 82nd minute, either side of goals from Kemar Roofe, ensured that the Gers got back to winning ways.
It was a second goal for Itten in his last three appearances and his manager was full of praise for his impact off the bench.
“I thought the subs were really really big for us today,” said Gerrard [RangersTV]. “I thought Ceddy was outstanding, Ianis [Hagi] and Joe Aribo [too]. I’m really pleased with the character we’ve shown over the course of the 90 minutes.”
“Ceddy does what he does. He’s a bit of a pest, he’s a bit of a nuisance, he chases lost causes.
“It was a fantastic header at the back post to put us in front and a lot of people would give up then and think the game is won but Ceddy keeps going and I’m sure the fans will really appreciate the effort he gave today.”
Itten took a while to settle after arriving from St Gallen in August but he’s starting to show just why the club invested a reported £2.7m in him [Sky Sports].
He’s now moved to four goals for the season, while fellow summer signing Roofe has reached double figures, with both players stepping up in an important game in the absence of the suspended Alfredo Morelos.
Rangers now have a massive 16-point lead at the top of the Premiership table and will carry momentum into the trip to St Johnstone in midweek.
Here are our player ratings from the 3-1 comeback win at Ibrox.