Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hailed the form of £2.7m summer signing Cedric Itten after his goal against Motherwell on Saturday and said it had been “difficult” for the player to settle in a new place.
The Swiss striker, who came off the bench in the second half, scored to put the Gers in front as they came from behind to win and extend their lead at the top of the table to 16 points.
Speaking to the Glasgow Times after the game, Gerrard revealed his delight for the new striker: “I was really pleased for Cedric, he showed real desire to get in there and score because at 1-1 the game was there to be won.
“He is really kicking on for us at the moment. He’s taking time to settle, he’s over here alone with his girlfriend and it’s been difficult for them both.”
Two goals from Kemar Roofe either side of Itten’s header was enough for the Gers, who put to bed their embarrassing defeat to St Mirren.
Itten doing all he can
Gerrard can have no complaints from the striker, who continues to impress as and when the chances come his way.
The desire that Gerrard referenced when discussing the striker is a common theme that we have seen from Itten since his arrival at the club.
From the limited game time that he has had at Rangers, he has proven himself to be a forward who is more than willing to do the dirty side of the game.
He displayed similar qualities to get an assist during the 4-0 win against Ross County at the start of the month.
Amid suggestions that Alfredo Morelos could be sold next month, Itten’s hard work is going to give Gerrard something to think about heading into the January window.
Two goals, an assist and a Man of the Match performance in his last five appearances in all competitions is good enough to warrant more starts going forward.
All of a sudden, Rangers have a viable alternative to Morelos that they have often struggled to find during his time at the club.
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