Rangers player Cedric Itten says he’s already experienced ‘one of the highlights of his career’ in the month since leaving Ibrox on loan.
Itten signed for newly-promoted Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth on deadline day, with Rangers retaining a January recall option and Fürth claiming they have an option to buy in the summer.
The Switzerland international failed to score in his first two outings in the German top flight but although he was dropped to the bench for a clash against champions Bayern Munich on Friday, he came on in the closing stages and found the net.
He powered a header beyond the legendary Manuel Neuer from close range to give the home fans something to cheer about in a 3-1 defeat and now he’s discussed his contribution against one of the world’s top clubs.
“It was a very proud moment for me to not only score my first Bundesliga goal, but also to score against Bayern Munich is something really special,” he said [Scottish Sun]. “For me personally, it was nice to score against another world-class team and this one meant more because it was a competitive match.”
“It was a wonderful feeling and we deserved to score a goal. It is one of the highlights of my career.
“Of course I would have liked to have started and that is my challenge now to prove to the manager that I can be trusted to play for 90 minutes.”
Rangers player shines early in loan spell
Itten actually performed well for Rangers in pre-season, too, netting against both Arsenal and Real Madrid, as he alludes to in these quotes.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that it hasn’t taken him long to get off the mark in Germany.
The 24-year-old can count himself a little unlucky to have been shipped out, as he hadn’t done much wrong since signing for the Gers in the summer of 2020 from St Gallen.
However, this isn’t a typical loan to another Premiership club or to the EFL. He is playing in one of the top European domestic leagues and whether he has a future at Ibrox or not, the spell gives him a chance to raise his profile considerably.
Itten isn’t the only Rangers player currently out on loan in a European league.