Not that they’d like to admit it, but Glasgow Rangers have a couple of underlying problems at the club right now.
Firstly, Steven Gerrard is struggling to solve his leaky defence and he is facing increased pressure after his side once again failed to keep a clean sheet against Motherwell at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon.
The Gers have now conceded four goals in their past three games across all competitions, via Transfermarkt.
Second of all, Alfredo Morelos has been slapped with a two-match ban by the SFA after being found guilty of catching Dundee United defender Mark Connolly with his arm, which means he’ll miss the game against St. Johnstone this week.
This means that Gerrard only has three options to choose from for one position, with Jermain Defoe, Cedric Itten and Kemar Roofe competing for a place in the starting line-up.
Maybe Defoe could keep his place, having been trusted to start against Motherwell, but we’re backing Itten to push for a recall, after he played a starring role as the Light Blues came from behind to beat the Steelmen at Ibrox.
Rangers signed the Switzerland international from St Gallen in his homeland on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee in the summer.
However, since he first arrived at the 54-time Scottish champions, he has started just twice in the Scottish Premiership.
For a player recently described as “fantastic” by the Ibrox boss, that’s rather surprising, to say the least.
Valued at £3.6m via Transfermarkt, in 14 appearances in the Premiership this season, Itten has provided three goals and an assist, while he is averaging 1.1 shots per game, despite the majority of his appearances coming from the bench, via WhoScored.
It’s fair to say that it seems to be a bit of a waste at the moment, especially when you consider the fact that he is held in high-esteem by club chiefs. After his arrival, Gerrard said: “Cedric is a goal scorer who will add further strength and depth to our squad.”
He just needs to be given more game time in order to fulfil his obvious potential. There’s surely no better way for him to send Gerrard a timely reminder of his obvious talents than by unleashing him on the hapless Saints, who find themselves embroiled in the midst of a relegation battle at the bottom of the table.
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