By Noel Whelan

28th Sep, 2020 | 6:48pm

'A huge plus before Celtic' - Exclusive: Whelan wowed by Rangers player development

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be “overjoyed” with the performance of Cedric Itten against Motherwell yesterday, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 23-year-old is coming into form at the right time with the Old Firm less than three weeks away.

Itten came off the bench to open his account for the Gers with a brace in a 5-1 thrashing of Motherwell at Fir Park.

He has featured predominantly as a substitute since his move from St Gallen earlier this summer having picked up a minor injury prior to the international break.

Whelan suggested that the goals will be a weight lifted off Itten’s shoulders.

“It will be great for Steven Gerrard first of all because he has brought in this striker,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has got his first goals for Rangers and they were fantastic goals as well. The first one was a belter of a volley and gave the goalkeeper no chance.

“That will give Itten a lot of confidence. He will be full of belief after that performance and it could not have come at a better time leading up to such a massive game – a huge plus leading up to Celtic and the Old Firm.”

“Steven Gerrard will be overjoyed. For Itten, it will be a massive load off his shoulders because we know how important it is to get off the mark quickly for a new club.”

Speaking after the win, Gerrard said: “I’m pleased for Cedric he’s come close on a couple of occasions.

“Attacking players love scoring goals so hopefully that will hopefully do his confidence the world of good.”

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