By Joe Ellis

14th Jan, 2022 | 12:10pm

Barry Ferguson warns Rangers returnee Itten 'you have to be ready'

Alloa Athletic manager and former Rangers favourite Barry Ferguson says Cedric Itten needs to take what could be his last chance at Ibrox.

The 25-year-old returned to Rangers from his loan spell at Bundesliga basement club Greuther Furth on Wednesday [12 January] having scored twice during his time in Germany.

The big Swede comes back to Ibrox with a point to prove and could be in line for more game time now Jermain Defoe has left the club.

“I’ve always thought there might be a proper Rangers player inside Cedric Itten,” Ferguson wrote in the Daily Record, “But, if there is, then the big man had better hurry up and get it out.

“He wouldn’t have expected this second chance to come around so quickly at the start of the season when Steven Gerrard let him leave on loan to German side Greuther Furth. He may even have suspected at the time as if this was the start of the end of his Ibrox career.

“But things change quickly in football and, when they do, you have to be ready to make the most of the opportunities which land on your lap.

“And make no mistake, this is Itten’s big chance to prove that he has a future at my old club. Probably his last one.”

One more try with GvB

Perhaps the saving grace for Itten at Ibrox is the new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Swede was sent out to Germany under the previous management of Steven Gerrard with no intentions of a return.

But Gerrard has since left Scotland for the manager’s role at Aston Villa which brought van Bronckhorst to the club.

The Dutchman wants to evaluate Itten’s ability within the squad for himself and if he can get the best out of him, he could be one of the most dangerous players in the Scottish Premiership.

The six-foot two-inch striker could possess the potential to be a real threat both as a target man or as a goal poacher which could see him develop a thriving connection with Alfredo Morelos in a front two.

That would require van Bronckhorst to change his formation and with the Light Blues top of the league, he could be reluctant.

In other Rangers news, a pundit has mooted a potential bust-up behind the scenes at Ibrox.