Glasgow Rangers newcomer Cedric Itten has spoken of how pleased he is to have joined the Ibrox club, saying their size and ambition “really impressed” him after speaking to Steven Gerrard and his coaches.
Last week, Rangers confirmed the signings of strikers Itten and Kemar Roofe on four-year deals, Itten joining from St Gallen and Roofe arriving from Anderlecht.
The 23-year-old was handed his debut from the bench on Sunday as the Gers beat St Mirren, and he hopes to feature against St Johnstone.
“Rangers is such a huge club, so I am very happy to have signed and to be here,” Itten is quoted by the Scottish Sun as saying. “I have had a lot to take in over the past week.
“I’ve enjoyed working at the training facilities, which are amazing. All the players, management and staff have given me a warm welcome.
“To see Ibrox was great and I’ve already had my first experience of playing there. It was a very busy week, but a very nice one.
“I didn’t ask anyone specifically about Scottish football before I came here. I just spoke to my manager. When I spoke to Steven Gerrard and all the staff at Rangers I was very happy.
“I could see straight away this is a very big and ambitious club that wants to have a lot of success. That really impressed me because that is what I want in my career.”
Itten is a strong, physical striker who looks set to provide a significant aerial threat for Gerrard’s side, and though he didn’t really have much time to showcase his skills against the Buddies, a lot is expected of him.
‘Cedric came into the game when it was won,” Gerrard said after the game. “I think we were managing the game then, keeping the ball and not forcing the issue. But from what I’ve seen in the opening two or three training sessions, I think he’s going to be a big player for us.”
And with Cedric loving what Rangers are about, himself showing the same ambition, it looks like a great match at Ibrox.