As Rangers striker Cedric Itten bemoans a lack of opportunity at Ibrox, it’ll have more than a few bluenoses believing his loan move to the Bundesliga might be the beginning of the end.
The big Swiss international striker got a goal in his uncompetitive debut for German outfit Greuther Fürth during the international break and was speaking to Derek Rae about his situation.
1/ Swiss striker Cedric Itten, who recently joined Fürth on loan from Rangers tells Kicker “I wish I could have played more there but we had a big squad that was largely together for 3 years without notable departures. It wasn’t easy to play yourself into the side.” 1/2
— Derek Rae (@RaeComm) September 5, 2021
A reported £2.7m signing from FC St Gallen last season [Sky Sports], Itten did contribute to the success of last season with some strong performances and some big goals.
However, those six strikes haven’t been enough to convince Steven Gerrard to give the player more opportunities with plenty believing Cedric hasn’t quite grabbed the chance when he’s had it.
Speaking to Rae for Kicker magazine, Itten explains that competition made breaking into the first team difficult and admits he “regrets” no playing more at Ibrox.
“I wish I could have played more there but we had a big squad that was largely together for three years without notable departures,” said Itten [Rae].
“It wasn’t easy to play yourself into the side.
“I benefitted from being in a new country & from a different type of football. Steven Gerrard is definitely a big personality, very well equipped tactically & I was able to learn a lot.”
Whilst it’s easy to sympathise with the striker, it’s clear that other players in the squad – for whatever reason – have managed to break into the side.
These include the likes of Kemar Roofe and Scott Wright, who’ve flourished where Itten has struggled.
There are clearly no hard feelings between the club, the fans and Cedric – and it’s clear moving abroad mid-pandemic brought its own challenges – this is what you need to do to make it at Rangers.
Rangers do retain a recall option on Cedric this January so if things don’t go right in Germany then we might yet see him getting an opportunity at Ibrox.
But going by the rather ominous comments of the forward, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Greuther Fürth pay the £3m option-to-buy fee reportedly put into his contract if Itten impresses in Germany.