By Nick Ware

31st Aug, 2021 | 5:10pm

Seven-digit permanent fee inserted in Greuther Furth loan for Rangers striker Cedric Itten

Greuther Furth can sign Rangers striker Cedric Itten for £3million at the end of his loan deal, according to Shark Gutierrez.

The Twitter-verified journalist, followed by Sky Sports reporter Max Bielefeld, made the claim via his personal profile on Monday afternoon.

That was after the Bundesliga outfit confirmed the season-long loan capture of the 24-year-old Swiss forward.

Gutierrez wrote: “Greuther Fürth has also been active throughout deadline day, and have secured the loan of striker Cedric Itten.

“It is a transfer with an option to buy for about £3million.”

Profit

Itten only joined the Gers from Swiss side St Gallen last year in a £2.7million deal [Sky Sports], but he may have already played his final game in a Light Blues shirt.

Despite making 27 Scottish Premiership appearances last season, Itten was a bit-part player under Steven Gerrard, making the majority of his outings from the substitutes bench as the likes of Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent took centre-stage in the Gers front three.

However, he was impressive in pre-season as Morelos enjoyed an extended break following his international exertions at the Copa America tournament.

Itten has made four appearances so far this campaign, but only one has been in the league with summer signing Fashion Sakala now seemingly ahead of him in the Gers pecking order, while Scott Wright, Ianis Hagi, Jermain Defoe and Joe Aribo are also options for the forward line.

Therefore, it looks unlikely that Itten will ever be able to force his way into the side, even next season.

A £3million permanent fee means Rangers will rake in a small profit of £300,000 if Greuther Furth are impressed by him.

In other Rangers news, John Hartson branded the Gers ‘ridiculous’ live on Sky Sports on Sunday.