By Alan Hutton

16th Sep, 2020 | 8:00am

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Alan Hutton has urged Steven Gerrard to name striker Cedric Itten in the Rangers starting XI against Lincoln Red Imps on Thursday.

The former Gers defender and lifelong fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests the Swiss hitman could end up replacing Alfredo Morelos and that he needs to get acclimatised to playing under Steven Gerrard.

The 23-year-old has played just four times for Rangers since his move from St Gallen in the summer after he picked up a minor injury problem prior to the international break.

He returned to the matchday squad against Dundee United but was left as an unused substitute as the Light Blues ran out 4-0 winners.

Hutton believes that with all the uncertainty surrounding Morelos’ future at Ibrox, Itten could be the first-choice striker at Ibrox in the future and that he needs to return to the starting XI on Thursday to build up his match fitness.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I would like to see Itten come in. Yes, he’s played games, he’s picked up a little injury but he needs to get up to speed.

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“I think if Morelos does leave, I would personally play him as the number nine with Roofe off him and then either Barker or Aribo to the right and Kent, who has been outstanding, to the left.

“That would be my attacking front four and I think a lot of teams would be nervous so I’d like to see Itten get more game time and get him up to speed.” 

Of Itten’s four appearances for Rangers so far, only one has come among the starting XI where he was shoehorned into a wide role against Kilmarnock.

Gerrard looks set to be missing Morelos for Thursday’s trip to Gibraltar after he picked up a gashed leg against Dundee United.

In other Rangers news, Hutton has named the two players that are the difference between the Gers and Celtic.