Widely regarded as Romania’s greatest ever player, Gheorghe Hagi knows all about playing at the top level having turned out for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Galatasaray in famous career.
But even the great man himself is aware that it’ll take time for Ianis Hagi to reach his best for Rangers after the best part of a year out with injury.
The Romanian attacking midfielder, 24, damaged his ACL in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion last year and has been working on his recovery ever since.
“He’s in his last period. I talked to him, he’s good, he’s doing well,” said Gheorghe [Fanatik].
“He’ll go in easy, easy, he’s had a very hard time.
“Rangers is a huge club, at the level of the big clubs. It is one of the clubs with the most trophies won, in the top three.”
Rangers have sorely missed Ianis Hagi as he readies return
Rangers fans might be buzzing about the imminent return of Ianis Hagi but it’s clear Gheorghe is trying to temper expectations.
The Ibrox midfielder was spotted back on the Rangers Training Centre pitches as he steps up his return with the player expected to join the squad at some point in January.
It’s been an almighty long road for the midfielder and there is still some way to go as Rangers desperately look to avoid the player picking up athletic injuries as he works his way back to top level fitness.
Whilst Ianis Hagi is a top player and Rangers have clearly missed him, there needs to be a sense of realism regarding the likely contribution he’ll make this season.
A return to the pitch might be coming in January, but as Rangers manage his fitness it may well be the end of the campaign, or even next season, before the popular first-teamer is back to his best.
Rangers partners Heart & Hand have provided an update regarding rumours of another key player having a setback in his recovery from injury.