Fresh from their victory over Celtic in the second Old Firm derby of the season, Glasgow Rangers are back in action on Sunday afternoon, when they take the trip to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
Steven Gerrard has ruled out Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack while the Rangers manager will be without Kemar Roofe after he was forced off at half-time against their arch-rivals.
This means that Ianis Hagi is likely to start on the right wing, but the Ibrox boss may be better suited by replacing the Romania international with Cedric Itten, and playing Hagi as a No. 10 instead.
Itten, 24, has been in such fine form so far this season – since his arrival last year, he has bagged four goals and two assists in all competitions, albeit the majority of his appearances have come from the bench, via Transfermarkt.
Despite initially being brought in to provide cover and competition for the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe, the Switzerland international started on the right flank in the 4-0 victory over Falkirk in the Betfred Cup, and picked up his second assist of the season.
Recently described as a “fantastic” beast by Gerrard, the Ibrox boss raved about his performance in the 3-1 win at home to Motherwell, telling Rangers TV: “Ceddy does what he does. He’s a bit of a pest, he’s a bit of a nuisance, he chases lost causes.”
While Hagi has established himself as a first-team regular starter for Gerrard’s Gers this season, he may be better suited to plugging the gap behind the team’s centre-forward against Aberdeen and pulling the strings from the midfield.
Valued at £3m via Transfermarkt, the 22-year-old replaced Roofe at half-time against Celtic and made an impact almost immediately, with Gerrard admitting he was impressed by what he saw from Hagi, but the young Romanian may be forced to take on an even bigger role especially in the absence of the more experienced Arfield.
Meanwhile, despite primarily being a striker Itten has recently shown he is also capable of playing on the right wing, whilst Alfredo Morelos’ return to form in recent weeks has largely starved him of any real opportunities.
However, the fact that the versatile forward can play as a right winger means he should be called into action alongside Morelos on the right flank, whilst there is very little doubt that he would be a better option than the likes of Brandon Barker and Jordan Jones, who have fallen even further down the pecking order after his arrival in the summer.
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