By Ibrox News speaking to Alex McLeish

12th Feb, 2021 | 6:15pm

Alex McLeish: Rangers let down Cedric Itten who must demand more v Killie

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Alex McLeish has admitted that the Rangers squad let down Cedric Itten in the disappointing 1-1 draw against Hamilton.

The Swiss forward finally got his chance to start in the absence of Alfredo Morelos but didn’t grasp it with both hands against the bottom side.

McLeish believes he could start against Kilmarnock, claiming that he must demand better service into the box from the likes of James Tavernier.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Yes, I think the team didn’t function as normal and as we’ve been expecting.

“They’re human, and they can have a day-off, but it wasn’t our day and especially for Cedric when he doesn’t get the service.

“They must utilise the strength of players when they are in the team.

“He has to be vocal himself. Tell your teammates, tell Tavernier to get that ball in and across to set it up with a better chance.”

Gerrard wasn’t able to give a clear answer on Itten during his press conference, but it may be inevitable that he will start again on Saturday.

The 24-year-old has only made three starts this season, with 18 further appearances coming from the bench – something he will want to change at Ibrox.

Morelos has one more game of his ban, with Kemar Roofe also out for two outings, that spot is definitely there for the taking this month.

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