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Alex McLeish has backed Steven Gerrard to make changes to his Rangers side for the Scottish Premiership clash with Dundee United this afternoon.
The Bears come into the game at Ibrox on the back of that relentless 4-3 win in the Europa League round-of-32 first-leg with Royal Antwerp on Thursday.
McLeish claims it is a “great opportunity” for Cedric Itten to come back into the side after being dropped in Belgium, despite starting consecutive league games before.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “He can shake it up a little bit.
“He will definitely look to give well-needed rests for some players, they have been playing hard at it and again there are injuries with Roofe and Tavernier.
“That’s a great time to bring Itten back in.
“He needs match practise, he’s a big lad and they need to keep the legs going, and the more action they get, the more he’ll get to know his teammates.
“If they give him the right service, this is a great opportunity.”
With Roofe injured and serving the last of his two-game ban, Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe are the only other options for Gerrard to use this weekend.
It would be a huge vote of confidence in Itten if he was chosen again.
The 24-year-old started against Kilmarnock and Hamilton and failed to make the impact he has made off the bench in those opportunities.
It may be time for Defoe to be handed his chance, with his last start coming against Motherwell in December.
With the second leg against Antwerp coming up, it will be interesting to see how Gerrard switches up his squad with that in mind.
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