Chris Sutton was waxing lyrical about Rangers striker Cedric Itten at half-time in the 2-0 win against Lech Poznan on Thursday night.
Itten, 23, registered his third goal for the Light Blues in the first half of the final Europa League group stage fixture in Poland with a powerful finish to the goalkeeper’s near post.
However, it wasn’t the Switzerland international’s goal that had Sutton wowed at the break.
“Food for thought for Steven Gerrard. [Itten] hasn’t had a lot of opportunities but he’s been impressive and later on, we’re going to see a lovely touch where he set [Ianis] Hagi away,” Sutton said at half-time on BT Sport 3.
When showing the touch, the ex-Celtic striker added: “It’s a wonderful touch. I actually think that Hagi is a little bit unfortunate here. It does take a slight deflection after a little shift onto his right foot to try and find the far corner.
“But this is top-notch centre-forward play, just a wonderful connection. Good awareness that Hagi’s on the move. It’s a good run.”
Is it really food for thought for Gerrard?
Itten impressed us with his performance against Lech Poznan – there’s no denying that.
The Swiss international hasn’t had too many opportunities to play in his natural role as a centre-forward since his arrival at Ibrox from St Gallen in the summer with Gerrard playing him as a winger in his only three starts before the trip to Poznan.
While Itten has had some good games out wide, it was about time we saw him as a striker.
But even though he did well, is he really going to displace the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe or Kemar Roofe?
Roofe, admittedly, isn’t an out-and-out centre-forward but he’s been outstanding this season with eight goals in 14 appearances across all competitions playing as both a striker and a winger.
Morelos and Defoe are then the best strikers in Scottish football so Itten has a lot of strong opponents when it comes to competing for the one striker starting spot in Gerrard’s side.
Itten is taking all the opportunities he’s being given at the moment but he needs to do it in the league before we can really say he’s worth starting in the big games.
In other Rangers news, fans blasted this one player at half-time against Lech Poznan even though the Gers were leading.