Rangers loanee Cedric Itten was involved in a nine-goal thriller in the Bundesliga on Saturday afternoon and relegation now looks inevitable for his adopted side.

Itten was named on the bench as Greuther Fürth hosted high-flying Hoffenheim looking for a first league win of the season at the 13th attempt.

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Cedric Itten was left on the bench for his adopted side on Saturday. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Things started well for the newly-promoted club, with Jamie Leweling putting them in front in the 22nd minute.

However, their lead only lasted ten minutes with a quick double-strike from the visitors putting them 2-1 up by the interval.

A strike from Timothy Tillman put the hosts level again shortly after the interval but three goals in nine minutes from Hoffenheim saw them lead 5-2 up by the 66th minute.

Branimir Hrgota scored for Furth in the 67th minute to reduce the deficit to two goals and Itten was introduced soon after as they chased the game.

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The Rangers loanee came off the bench as Furth attempted to rally late on but they lost again and relegation looks inevitable. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

However, Ihlas Bebou completed his hat-trick in the 80th minute to end the scoring, with the visitors triumphing 6-3.

Itten and co. have now lost eleven consecutive Bundesliga matches since drawing 1-1 with Arminia Bielefeld in August and are rock bottom of the table on just one point.

They’re already 13 points from safety and relegation looks inevitable.

Rangers included a January recall clause in Itten’s loan deal and it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Giovanni van Bronckhorst looks to bring him back to Ibrox during the winter window to boost his options in forward areas.

Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, a former Rangers player bagged a goal and an assist to help a rival club pull off a dramatic comeback win.

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