Cedric Itten is thriving after Rangers exit

Glasgow Rangers boss Michael Beale has enjoyed a terrific start to life at Ibrox as the English coach remains unbeaten since taking over from Dutchman Giovanni van Bronckhorst during the break for the 2022 World Cup.

The former Gers assistant manager has won ten of his 11 Premiership matches in charge and won both of his games in the Scottish FA Cup, whilst he has the opportunity to secure his first title in the League Cup final against Celtic next Sunday.

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Beale has been able to galvanise the Light Blues squad and is getting the best out of the likes of Alfredo Morelos, who has four goals and two assists in his last five Premiership outings, and Malik Tillman, who has scored in each of his last three appearances in all competitions.

The way the English head coach has been able to get the team firing on all cylinders could make supporters think about how the boss may have helped former Gers players who struggled under the previous management.

One flop who failed to impress during his time under Van Bronckhorst was Switzerland international Cedric Itten, who sporting director Ross Wilson sold to BSC Young Boys last summer for an undisclosed fee.

The striker arrived at Ibrox in the summer of 2020 and went on to score eight goals, whilst providing three assists, in 49 appearances for the club in all competitions, after he plundered 36 goals in 63 matches for St. Gallen.

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Wilson is now enduring a shocker with the centre-forward as Itten has been on fire for Young Boys in the current campaign with the Gers chief now potentially wondering what a coach like Beale could have done for the striker at Ibrox.

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Rangers did not get the best out of the Swiss marksman, who journalist Josh Bunting claimed “struggled” in Glasgow, and the striker is now proving his quality in his home country.

The 26-year-old has been in terrific form in all competitions as he has produced an outstanding 12 goals and nine assists in 24 appearances for his new club, including four assists in five Europa Conference League outings.

Itten has averaged a Sofascore rating of 7.12 – higher than Kemar Roofe and Morelos have managed in the Premiership – by scoring 11 goals and creating five ‘big chances’ for his teammates in 14 Super League starts this season, whilst also providing 1.1 key passes per match.

These impressive statistics, with 21 goal contributions in 24 games, suggest that Rangers did not get the best out of the forward during his time in Scotland with the Light Blues potentially letting a terrific player slip through their hands had Beale managed to get the chance to work with him.

Therefore, Wilson could well regret cashing in before giving Itten an opportunity to play for another manager after Van Bronckhorst, although it was impossible to predict when he left that the Dutchman would have been sacked as soon as he was.