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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers forward Cedric Itten has to adapt quicker after the 1-0 victory against Kilmarnock on Saturday.
The Swiss forward disappointed yet again at Ibrox, with the Bears having to rely on a wonder strike from Ryan Jack in the first-half.
McLeish claimed that Itten often looks surprised by the aggression of defenders and that he needs to show his skill when the ball is on the floor more.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “They must utilise the strengths of players when they come into the team.
“He has to be more vocal himself, this is an art that is lost nowadays, communication.
“If they set it up, he’ll go for it, and he’ll have a better chance sometimes. Some of the flat balls and near-post runs aren’t his style – it’s more drifting to the back.
“He’s better on the ground than the performance he gave. It’s almost as though he’s surprised by the aggression of the centre-halves.
“Come on big man, welcome to Scotland, he has to adapt.”
Itten struggled once again.
The 24-year-old once again failed to create any major chances for himself and maybe placed back in his familiar role of the bench next time out.
Alfredo Morelos returns from his ban, and Kemar Roofe will also be available for the Europa League clash with Antwerp on Thursday.
Itten did manage two key passes according to WhoScored against Killie, but only 57.6% of his total passes found their intended target.
Steven Gerrard will have a decision to make, but based on these latest performances, Itten may have blown his chances.
In other Rangers news, Tommy Wright shares contradicting referee claim from 1-0 win