Despite starring in pre-season, finding the net against both Real Madrid and Arsenal, Itten was shipped out on loan to newly-promoted Bundesliga club Greuther Furth at the end of August.
He started promisingly with a goal against Bayern Munich in just his third league appearance.
However, he’s struggled to nail down a starting berth and Furth are rooted to the bottom of the table on just six points from 18 matches.
On Monday, Rangers tweeted Itten’s excellent finish against Lech Poznan in the Europa League last season as their ‘Goal of the Day’, prompting some fans to demand his return.
Rangers striker Itten returning to Ibrox
And now it looks like it was a hint after all.
That’s as Kicker have reported that the Switzerland international is returning to Ibrox ‘with immediate effect’ after the Gers made use of their recall option.
The report suggests a lack of quality service and manager Stefan Leitl’s decision to prioritise defensive improvements were the key reasons why the loan didn’t work out as hoped.
Itten made 12 Bundesliga appearances in total for Furth, scoring two goals.
Gio’s attacking options to be strengthened
This is a cost-effective way for Gio to add to his options in the final third this month.
Itten wasn’t totally convincing during his first season at Ibrox but he certainly knows where the goal is and he made some big contributions under Steven Gerrard, particularly off the bench.
He’s physical and can be effective as a target man, and it’s better for the player himself to be helping challenge for silverware than playing a bit-part role for a side who’re almost certainly going to be relegated.
Who knows, new Gers first-team coach Roy Makaay could help take Itten’s game to another level during the second half of the season.