Romanian icon Gheorghe Hagi is “glad” Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has given his son, Ianis, an opportunity to shine at Ibrox – and insists the wonderkid is “still learning all the time.”
Ianis has made a strong start to life at Ibrox, scoring a late winner on his first start following his loan move from Belgian side Genk.
Hagi senior also opened up on the advice he gave before Ianis joined Rangers and told the 21-year-old that his disappointing time in Belgium will “make him better.”
“Like any father, like any parent, when you see your child playing and doing really well, it’s even better,” Hagi said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“But what is important for any young player is to play.
“I’m glad he’s found a manager and a club like Rangers that have allowed him the opportunity to do that.
“He’s a young player and he’s learning a lot there in Scotland. He’s not the finished article – he’s not 29 or 30 years old, he is still learning all the time.
“The advice I gave him before he went to Rangers was that all that that’s happened to him in Belgium will help make him better.
“If you experience a negative situation anywhere, you learn from it.”
Hagi will likely be involved on Wednesday night again
when the Light Blues travel to face Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Scottish Premiership.
With an ‘exclusive’ option to buy the Romanian international in the summer, the 21-year-old could end up spending considerably more time in Scotland than his initial six-month loan deal.
If his early performances are anything to go by, Rangers will be clamouring to make the deala long-term one at the end of the season as Hagi looks to live up to his massive potential.