Rangers signed him for £3M, wasted him, and now he’s on fire

Rangers signed him for £3M, wasted him, and now he’s on fire
Anderlecht's Hannes Delcroix and YB's Cedric Itten fight for the ball during a soccer game between Belgian RSC Anderlecht and Swiss BSC Young Boys, Wednesday 24 August 2022 in Brussels, the return game of the play-offs for the UEFA Conference League competition. BELGA PHOTO KURT DESPLENTER (Photo by KURT DESPLENTER / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP) (Photo by KURT DESPLENTER/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking of ex-Rangers players thriving in their new environments, Ced the Ted also made a switch to Switzerland like Niko Katic, but of course for Itten, this was a move home, and to the biggest team in Switzerland, Young Boys.

So how has the utterly underused Rangers striker done back on familiar territory for a side who are kind of the Swiss equivalent of Rangers?

19 appearances, 7 goals and 9 assists, but the mix of these stats is intriguing – he’s got 6 in 13 in the league making him second-top scorer in the division behind only team mate Nsame (who Rangers faced not long ago), while in the Conference League he has no goals but an excellent 4 assists in 5 appearances.

So, long story short, he’s another one who’s doing great, away from Ibrox. He’s also regained his international credibility, getting call ups again, even if he’s yet to add to his cap haul.

Now, Rangers aren’t too short for quality strikers, with the sensational Colak doing very well indeed, while Morelos, Roofe and Sakala are in reserve, but the reality is Itten was and is a much, MUCH better striker than he was made to feel at Ibrox, with Steven Gerrard then Giovanni completely mistreating him.

He went out on loan because he just wasn’t getting minutes, and struggled deeply with confidence at a horrible German side, before coming back a nervous lamb, shattered belief and utterly flat.

A new start back home and hey presto, Itten is back to scoring and assisting, in another case of a player treated poorly at Rangers, rejected, sent away, then eventually sold and now thriving at their new employer.

We cannot explain why this happens so much at Rangers – obviously as Rangers fans we can’t exactly tell you if it happens a lot at Man Utd, or Liverpool, or Bayern Munich, but we can talk about our own club, and we spent £3M on Cedric Itten and refused to use him.

Just like Umar Sadiq, Itten has thrived at every club he’s played for, apart from Rangers.

Is there something in the water here?

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  1. It is actually gut wrenching to read, we all know about our former players and can only blame the dire management and dire board for letting this happen, we seriously need to get rid of the lot from high up to the team, the mhanky mhob are ripping us a new one every day on social media, god knows what it’s like now in the newspaper comments as I’m too scared to look now to be honest

    Get rid of Gio ASAP as the team will give a 100% under a new manager… well for a bit anyway, same with every team as right now as the team really are a bunch of lazy weak feeble wage thieves and need at least 6 signings in the new year if we really are to challenge the scum from the east, if Gio for some unknown reason he will be here by next transfer window we might get 1 or 2 misfits that nobody has heard of signing for us, main reason Gio has to go, not a single person l know wants him to stay, his reputation is now the bottom of the bin, hell, even our fans are booing at halftime now because nobody cares for Gio, not one

  2. Was never given a proper chance and when he played he was decent. If he had a run in the team he could have been very good but both Gerrard and Gio chose not to give him a chance. He now has a chance to get into the Swiss squad for the world cup and no one could blame him for leaving. He is in a long litany of players who have prospered since they left Rangers like the aforementioned Katic and Balogun hell even Sadiq has improved. There are too many favourites at Ibrox who will play come hell or high water even if they are out of form.

  3. He’s not Colak so anyone missing him is deluded. 2 managers that have played at the top level never rated him. The fact he hasn’t scored in the conference shows he struggles at a higher level.

  4. When he came he looked hungry for goals but was frustrated with limited game time. Would off loved to see his full potential at ibrox!

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