One in and one out as Rangers make striker changes

One in and one out as Rangers make striker changes
FUERTH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 12: Cedric Itten of SpVgg Greuther Fürth plays the ball during the Bundesliga match between SpVgg Greuther Fürth and 1. FC Union Berlin at Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer on December 12, 2021 in Fuerth, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Rangers are to cut short Cedric Itten’s loan and give him a second chance, following the Swiss star’s solid spell at German strugglers Furth, and let veteran striker Jermain Defoe leave as of immediate effect.

Following former manager Steven Gerrard’s poor management of Itten in denying him minutes and sending him out on loan during preseason despite admitting the former St Gallen man had been impressive, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is to exercise Rangers’ right to recall Itten and enhance Rangers’ striking depth.

Main man Alfredo Morelos is due to be involved with Colombia’s upcoming friendly with Honduras this weekend, and with Kemar Roofe’s injury concerns too, Rangers are a little light up top, with only Fashion Sakala fit and raring to go.

Which means a fine chance for Itten to finally get his chance to shine under the new manager as Rangers bring him back to Glasgow.

Meanwhile veteran Jermain Defoe is to be let go this window, freeing up a reported £29,000 a month. The former England star, last calendar year, has been a waste of £1.5M in wages, and we make no bones about saying the funds spent on him for the pointless extension could have been better used elsewhere.

He was a good servant the first season or two but the transition into coaching didn’t appear to bear much fruit and alongside the transition into punditry (were we paying him for that) GVB restored him back to the playing staff.

We wish him the best in the future but we’re glad to see a spot of justice for young Itten.

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  1. Return of Ced the Ted could be the long term answer for when Buff moves on. Plays similarly to Nicolai Jorgensen who was Gios lead forward when he was at Feyenoord, so I’m like others in the squad Gionmight know how to use him better. Shame to see Defoe go as everyone knows he was obviously great behind the scenes for youngsters to lean on but all the best to him in whatever he does going forward.

  2. I think there would be a lot of angry Rangers fans if we sold Morelos and replaced him with Itten. He is not the long term answer. As for Defoe it’s been a privilege, albeit an expensive one, to have him at our club. 32 goals from 76 appearances mostly from the bench is a remarkable return. I just wish he was 5 years younger.

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