Atomic Itten

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MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Cedric Itten of Rangers celebrates after scoring his team's fifth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on September 27, 2020 in Motherwell, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It is of course early days, and we’ve seen both the innocuous side and now the explosive sides of Cedric Itten, but with his finally introducing himself into Scottish football, it may at least take a little pressure off the Alfredo Morelos problem.

Itten is not a big strong bustling striker like Morelos is, but he wants to play for this shirt, to be here – and now we see both sides of his scoring potential.

One staggering worldly from 20 yards, and another clinical finish from up close as a poacher’s goal.

We couldn’t figure out why Steven Gerrard signed the guy only to not play him, but Itten’s performance today demonstrated why we may now see a lot more of the Swiss international.

Morelos, frankly, did sweet FA. That opening header aside, he had next-to-no impact on the match, and his mind has been elsewhere for a long time – performances like these show just how far away his head is.

And then we have Itten, who slammed two in, giving fans a proper taste at last of what he’s capable of.

We’re not saying he’s a replacement for Morelos – they are very different strikers. But one of them wants to be here and one doesn’t, and for now Itten’s goals today show that he is a serious option now for the SPL and even more, and of course he’s a Swiss international so he’s proven at that level as well.

Gerrard has been reluctant to deploy him, and we even suggested Morelos might stay on a mercenary basis just because he’s our best striker, but of course, that’s only theoretical. The actual Morelos we get these days is nowhere near as good as he was last year, and while Itten is a different style entirely, he’s now got to be considered a potential starter.

It gives the manager choices, and we might just start to see a bit more of the ex St Gallen hitman now. He might even start more often.

End of the day, he shoots and he scores. And that’s got to be rewarded.

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