Alan Hutton has urged Steven Gerrard to play Cedric Itten at centre-forward for Rangers after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Kilmarnock.
The former Gers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has admitted he does not like seeing the 23-year-old shoehorned into a wide role as part of a front three.
Itten, a summer signing from Swiss side St Gallen, made just his third start of the season on Sunday as he lined up on the right-hand side of the attack.
Speaking to PLZ Soccer after the game, Gerrard called the Switzerland international “outstanding” and named him his man of the match.
However, Hutton has admitted he would rather see the Gers boss use Itten as a centre-forward moving forward.
Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s obviously had to bide his time to get in the team, it’s been difficult for him.
“I don’t really like him out wide, I’d rather see him straight through the middle if I’m honest but he works very hard for the team, it’s always going to be difficult against Kilmarnock – they’re going to be physical and batter you about.
“He held his own, his hold up play is a big part of his game and he’s fitted in well. He’s had to be patient, it’s so difficult to have to come in, then go out and then come back in again to play to a high level but he seems to have done that.
“Obviously Gerrard’s happy with his performance which is going to give him confidence.”
Speaking about Itten after the game, Gerrard told PLZ Soccer: “Superb, man of the match. Man of the match, hands down.
“His hold-up play today, that was a top all-round performance for someone who’s big and strong. He was a threat. He was outstanding.”
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