Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s surprise move to recall striker Cedric Itten from his Bundesliga loan spell could yet pay off following the recent news regarding Alfredo Morelos.
Morelos has been called up to the Colombian squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Argentina as his impressive form has clearly caught the eye of national coach Reinaldo Rueda.
The call-up comes as a surprise as the striker hasn’t featured for Colombia since the Copa America tournament, even then he only featured for nine minutes as a substitute against Peru.
With Rueda preferring other striking options, there were hopes Alfie would be free for the Old Firm clash.
Cedric Itten can fill the void left by Morelos against Celtic
The Dutchman recalled Itten as striking cover following Jermain Defoe’s departure, and this could yet reap its rewards ahead of the tie against Celtic on February 2.
The Swiss international scored twice for Greuther Furth during his six-month loan spell, against Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt as his adopted side languished at the foot of the table.
The 25-year-old started for the Ibrox side against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup victory which will no doubt give him a confidence boost, although more challenging matches await.
With Morelos missing the matches against Ross County and Celtic, the onus is for Itten to take responsibility and prove to the manager that he can succeed at Rangers following an indifferent debut season.
Van Bronckhorst’s approach differs slightly from the methods employed by Steven Gerrard, this may work in the striker’s favour, as he can be the focal point of the attack.
With Celtic missing a few key players, there can be no excuses as we aim to bring three points home from Celtic Park.