A goal from Ryan Jack helped Glasgow Rangers move one step closer to the Premiership title with a narrow 1-0 win over Scottish rivals Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
The Light Blues certainly weren’t anywhere near their fluent best to face Kilmarnock but they got over the line, eventually, after the midfielder let rip with a thunderous effort from 25 yards to break the deadlock shortly before half-time.
Despite their best efforts, Steven Gerrard’s side couldn’t extend their lead in the game any further, although they still managed to move 21 points clear of second-placed Celtic.
Ryan Kent has oft been criticised by some quarters of the fan base for a perceived lack of end product and those calls may rear their ugly head after he missed an easy chance in the second half.
However, no player was arguably any worse than Cedric Itten, who failed to make the most of his opportunity to lead the line for Rangers during the ban-enforced absences of Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe.
Itten, who was used as a lone striker in the Gers’ 1-0 win against Killie, endured a rather frustrating afternoon as, other than a couple of nice touches in the first half, he was hardly involved at all.
The 24-year-old centre-forward struggled to have much of an influence on the game, producing just 11 out of 19 passes at a pass success rate of 58%, which was far below his season’s average of 65%, whilst he also took fewer touches than Kent (38).
He also lost possession 17 times in the entire game, suggesting that he spent a large amount of his time giving the ball back to the opposition, as it’s fair to say that he looked lost for ideas, particularly in the final third.
With Morelos and Roofe set to return from suspension in time to face Antwerp in the Europa League, Itten may regret his missed chance to stake his claim for a starting spot in Gerrard’s XI.
AND in other news, James Tavernier’s quality shone the brightest as Rangers bested Kilmarnock…