Whelan makes bold Itten claim after what he's seen at Rangers
Noel Whelan claims Cedric Itten is in a great position to start scoring goals for Rangers after his strike in pre-season.
The former Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the Gers’ pre-season schedule got underway.
On 5th July, Rangers beat Partick Thistle 1-0 as their preparations for next season got off to a winning start.
Itten, 24, scored the only goal of the game after an underwhelming first season at Ibrox.
The Switzerland international made 38 appearances last season and scored six goals as he struggled to be more than a fringe player.
Interestingly, all of his strikes in the Scottish Premiership came in three different games against Motherwell.
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Whelan insists strikers can draw confidence from bagging goals in pre-season and claims Itten will take “belief” from his efforts.
“As a striker, you want to hit the ground running,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“It doesn’t matter what game it is. Pre-season games are where you get that sharpness, that confidence, that belief.
“They are the sort of games that are very important to someone like Itten. Once you get that first goal under your belt, it gives you that confidence, that boost.
“We know what strikers are all about. Scoring goals, that’s where your belief comes from.
“Pre-season, in general, is an important time for every player. You get that sharpness and fitness so you’re ready straight away.
“For goalscorers, there is a lot of pressure to hit the back of the net straight away.
“To get that goal in pre-season will stand you in good stead.”