Alan Hutton has now given a reason why Glasgow Rangers decided to let Cedric Itten go out on loan in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Itten leaves
The Ibrox faithful announced on Transfer Deadline Day that Itten has joined Bundesliga club Greuther Furth on loan for the rest of the 2021/22 season.
Should Rangers have kept Itten?
He had already played in four games in total over all competitions this campaign before his move to Germany.
The Latest: Hutton on Itten
Speaking to Football Insider, former Light Blues right-back turned pundit Hutton has claimed that Itten was allowed to go out on loan because Alfredo Morelos ended up staying:
“It was a bit of a curveball, not one I saw coming.
“Obviously his first season was difficult, there were no fans, he didn’t hit the ground running.
“There was loads of competition upfront as well. When called upon he did well.
“Whenever I saw him play he added something a little bit different to that Rangers side.
“It’s a strange one but I think it’s down to Morelos staying. Obviously if he went, they would have needed someone to come in.
“The fact he stayed gave Gerrard a bit of leeway to send someone out on loan to give him game time, that’s what he needs.
“There is a player in there, he’s a finisher. He needs to play games, I think it’s a good move.”
The Verdict: Right move
There is no doubt that Itten still has a lot that he can offer, as Steven Gerrard even went as far as to dub him as a ‘superb’ player when he is given his chance in a press conference back in February.
The Switzerland international has scored six goals and made a further three assists in 42 matches in total across all competitions under the Liverpool and England legend (Transfermarkt).
However, given that he already has four strikers to choose from in the squad at the moment, including Morelos, the 24-year-old needed to go out on loan in order to get more regular game time under his belt.
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