McLeish: Itten 'doesn't have the legs' for Rangers after Ibrox development
Alex McLeish has tipped Cedric Itten to return to Rangers as “more of a threat” after joining Greuther Furth on loan.
The former Gers manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the hitman needs regular game time to rediscover his sharpness in attack.
Itten’s season-long loan move to the Bundesliga was confirmed by Rangers on Tuesday (August 31).
The Ibrox club revealed they have inserted a recall clause into the deal.
As such, he could return to Ibrox in January.
The Switzerland international has made just four league starts since joining the Glasgow club last summer.
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However, McLeish suggested his addition to the squad was still a “big factor” in the Gers’ title win.
He tipped the hitman to bounce back for Rangers after his loan spell.
“It’s one less striker, and their depth up front was what got credited as a big factor in their title win,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.
“But Itten has not had a lot of game time. His legs aren’t there in terms of the sharpness you need to be a striker.
“If he can get more game time in Germany then who knows? He could come back a better and more confident player for Rangers and be more of a threat in Scotland.
“In the Bundesliga, there are 6 to 10 clubs who are competing for European competitions. It’s a really high level of football.”
Itten notched six goals across 42 appearances in all competitions for Rangers last season.
The ex-Basel forward joined the Gers from St Gallen for £2.7million last summer.
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