By Daniel Feliciano

23rd Apr, 2022 | 6:10pm

Ally McCoist baffled by Cedric Itten omission in Rangers v Motherwell

Ally McCoist has questioned Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s decision to not include Cedric Itten in the Rangers side to face Motherwell.

Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe were both ruled out of the game through injury, leaving Fashion Sakala Jr and Itten as the only senior striker options in the squad.

But despite making eight changes for the game, the manager opted to leave Itten on the bench and start Sakala, something McCoist didn’t seem to agree with while doing commentary for Sky Sports.

“Interesting, I heard the boys talking before the game,” he said.

“Obviously no Roofe, no Morelos, however would it not have been an opportunity for Cedric Itten? Or is he so far down the pecking order…”

Itten had made just four appearances since returning from a loan spell in January, and is yet to start a game under Van Bronckhorst.

Not a shock

I’m more surprised that McCoist is surprised Itten isn’t starting, than the fact he isn’t starting, because he was never really in with a shot.

The only reason Itten is even in the squad is because of the light numbers in that area of the pitch and with players being rested, the manager doesn’t want to take any risks.

The Swiss forward still has two years remaining on his Ibrox contract but it would be a huge shock if he was still at the club next season.

Sakala needs a run of games through the middle to get used to the position, since he’s the only real option currently to play there and isn’t a natural.

The manager gave him the nod and with more time on the pitch will come more sharpness and experience to play the role and do the things that GvB wants from his striker.

Itten has no future at the club, and doesn’t need to be on the pitch unless it’s a necessity.

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