Rangers have been far from their best recently and Alfredo Morelos’ absence has been felt in each of the three games he missed through suspension.

Fortunately, our defence has been solid enough to continue our unbeaten run, but the attack has not been good enough.

Cedric Itten was finally given his chance to start against Hamilton and Kilmarnock but he failed to impress in both games.

He is not solely at fault as service was lacking on both occasions and Steven Gerrard recognised that in his defence of the player.

As a result, we had to rely on a brilliant strike from Ryan Jack and a Hamilton own goal to win points.

On Saturday there was a decent response from the players to the Hamilton draw, but we needed to be more clinical in attack.

The front-three of Itten, Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent exposed their inexperience at times and we cannot wait for Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe to return.


Morelos leads the line much more effectively than Itten and his ability to bring teammates into play is hugely beneficial.

Itten failed to do that on Saturday, achieving just 60% pass accuracy per SofaScore.

That is a shocking return, and it is little surprise we struggled in the final third when Itten gave the ball away 17 times.

By contrast, Morelos has averaged 80% pass accuracy this term (WhoScored) but is also capable of producing goals from himself, as we saw with his winner at Hibernian recently.

Itten relies on service but didn’t prove he is anything more than an impact sub against Kilmarnock.

The £12,500 a week forward had just one shot and won only five duels out of 15 (SofaScore).

We need more fight and quality than what he offered.

Gerrard will have looked forward to seeing Itten in action once Morelos was ruled out, but the manager will have been disappointed with what he saw.

We want to see a big reaction from Itten in his next start.

He has to keep the ball more efficiently and get into the dangerous positions in the box.

Itten has shown he is capable of that so we expect him to show his ability on a more regular basis.

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