By Alan Hutton

15th Dec, 2020 | 6:16pm

'He's The One' - Pundit Exclusive: Gerrard backed to hand Rangers 23-yr-old rare start

Alan Hutton has urged Steven Gerrard to hand Cedric Itten a rare start when Rangers take on St Mirren in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Ibrox and Scotland star believes the Swiss international is well-deserving of another chance to lead the line after his recent form.

The 23-year-old has started just five times in 17 appearances across all competitions for the Light Blues this season, while he has managed to score three goals.

Itten has scored three goals, including when he started against Lech Poznan, and has chipped in with two assists so far this term.

Hutton has suggested Gerrard would keep the core of his side the same but insisted the striker deserved the opportunity to prove his worth in the starting XI ahead of Kemar Roofe and Jermain Defoe.

Asked if he could see any changes to the starting XI, Hutton told Football Insider: “They’ve got a lot of games coming up so I don’t see why they can’t make changes – they’ll obviously want to win and want to go through so it’ll still be a strong team.

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“I expect maybe the back five to stay the same, maybe the goalkeeper will change, give McGregor a rest but there’s so many options.

“Obviously I like Itten up front, I think he’s come in and done well I’d like to see him. Another chance for Hagi to come in and show what he’s worth but I think Itten, he’s the one that has come off and made an impact. I think he deserves a starting opportunity.

“There’s so many options all over the field at the moment. Obviously, Nathan Patterson started in Europe and I’d like to see more of him but Tavernier’s playing that well at the moment, he’s the captain, he’ll probably want to play to try and keep his numbers up.

“There’s lots of places – I mean I could go through them all – I’d like to see Bassey play – there’s so many I would like to see but I think Gerrard will make changes because he needs his full squad. There’s a lot of games coming up, pressure games, and he’ll need to use the squad.”

In other news, Football Insider can reveal Rangers have agreed a deal in principle for an exciting striker.