Exclusive: Hutton wowed by Rangers summer signing, he's answer to Gerrard's prayers
Rangers summer signing Cedric Itten is the answer to Steven Gerrard’s prayers, according to Alan Hutton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and lifelong fan has insisted that Steven Gerrard needed to add some variety to his attacking options after relying heavily on Alfredo Morelos.
Itten has started just three times for Rangers so far, including in Sunday’s 1-0 over Kilmarnock, although he has made 12 appearances and scored two goals in total.
He joined the club from Swiss side St Gallen and was one of two new strikers, alongside Kemar Roofe, to move to Ibrox over the summer.
Hutton has insisted that of all the new additions, Itten was the sort of player that Rangers had missed most during Gerrard’s time in charge.
Asked if Rangers had been missing a player like Itten up front, Hutton told Football Insider: “Oh definitely, we all know they relied heavily on Morelos over the last couple of seasons and I think Gerrard has known that.
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“With the dip in form of Morelos last season and at the start of this season, he needed different options. He’s brought in a couple of strikers and they’ve taken the burden, the pressure off Morelos.
“I think you have to have that different style of player, it can’t always just be pretty football, with one-twos around the box, the way Kemar Roofe plays.
“Obviously Morelos plays on the shoulder of defenders but sometimes, to break down defences, you need that big, imposing spearhead where you can play the ball up to him, he can hold it up, bring others into play but he’s also got a good finish himself.
“It’s good to have that variety in the attacking options and Gerrard’s using that – he’s mixing it up, he’s rotating his teams and it’s making it difficult for the opponents to figure out what Rangers are going to do.”
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