Cedric Itten joined Greuther Furth on loan recently and the German club reportedly have an option to buy him, which suggests that he could’ve already played his last Rangers game.
Following the summer arrival of Fashion Sakala, it was perhaps always likely that the 24-year-old would slip down the pecking order in Steven Gerrard’s side, so it was no surprise that he was sent out on loan to the Bundesliga.
Whilst Rangers suggest that they have an option to recall the Swiss forward, they make no mention of Greuther Furth having an option to buy him, despite it being widely reported elsewhere.
Since joining from St Gallen in 2020, Itten has gone on to make 42 appearances for Rangers in all competitions, scoring six goals and providing three assists.
Considering that he was competing with the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe and Jermain Defoe for a starting spot in Gerrard’s side, it was perhaps always unlikely that he would be a regular; and whilst he scored some important goals against Motherwell, he struggled to ever really showcase his ability in a Rangers shirt.
Last season saw the forward manage just four goals in 24 league appearances for Rangers, a disappointing return when you consider the Gers’ domination in the Premiership. You could argue that if the Bears are to keep progressing as a club, they need to look for better options than Itten up front.
The 24-year-old has three years left on his deal at Ibrox but unless he stars out on loan, it is difficult to see him becoming a regular with Rangers any time soon. Therefore, it would arguably be no surprise if the £3.15m-rated forward completes a permanent move away form Glasgow at the end of this season should Greuther Furth activate their reported option to buy him, thus ending his brief association with the Gers, for whom he has never really been good enough.