If there’s absolutely one thing we can take from last night’s comfortable win in Poland and wonderful progression as group winners, it’s that Rangers do simply not need Alfredo Morelos any more.
For a long time the Colombian has been starting by default, as the main alpha striker Rangers had to rely on as the one man up top.
But as we know, his performances simply haven’t been up to scratch.
Yes, a lot of fans have desperately tried to defend his atrocious performances by claiming his team play is far better, despite our statistical analysis time and time again demonstrating it isn’t, especially in the league.
But overall, the majority have definitely changed their tune, especially after last night’s outstanding performance by Cedric Itten who is now absolutely ready to become Rangers’ first-choice striker.
Itten, who’s had a tough time at Ibrox so far and even lost his Switzerland place, came to life in Poznan, with a brilliant goal for one and a near-wondrous assist for a chance the inconsistent Ianis Hagi was unable to exploit.
Starting up front in his favoured position, we finally saw the striker we’d signed – while he isn’t an obvious ‘bully’ of defenders, he still wins a tonne in the air – he beat his man to an aerial ball 5 times last night, and he uses his pace and intelligent movement to read the game brilliantly and pick up the right positions.
One such led to his goal, as he exploited a defensive mix-up and finished brilliantly.
And this has given Steven Gerrard the striker he wanted – the one who has been unable to break out of his shackles since his move.
But he has now, and frankly the more Itten plays, the less we have to put up with of Morelos.
Win all round.