Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hailed his side’s performance as they picked up a “big win” over Hibs thanks to Ianis Hagi’s late goal – and the Gers boss singled out the Romanian’s “outstanding” second-half showing for praise.

Hagi took a little bit to get going on his first start for the Light Blues, but once he did, he showed just how effective he can be.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 29: Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on December 29, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Gerrard praised his side’s overall performance, coming back from a goal down thanks to George Edmundson before Hagi’s winner and Gerrard was “delighted” with how they played after the break.

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“It’s a big win for us,” Gerrard told Rangers TV, “I’m delighted with the second-half performance.

“We scored at a really good time before the break but I thought it was the least we deserved. I thought the first-half performance was a bit hit-and-miss, we were trying some good things – and I could see some good things – but we were also giving possession away by going too long, too early.

 

“Second half, I demanded a bit more and the players were outstanding across the board. Buff was more like himself, being a right big handful up there for us. Hagi’s match-winning performance will mean he deserves the headlines but I thought his general play was outstanding in the second half.”

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Rangers have an ‘exclusive’ option to make Hagi’s move a permanent one in the summer and, if his start is anything to go by, the Gers will be doing that as a priority.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 29: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers is seen in action during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Ross County at Ibrox Stadium on January 29, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The youngster looked confident and demanded the ball before grabbing the late winner as the Gers’ title ambitions hung by a thread with Hibs clinging to a point.

Hagi’s goal capped an impressive first start for the attacking midfielder and, once he’s properly bedded in, he could be a really dangerous player for the Gers in the coming weeks.

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