In speaking about the 23-year-old’s injury the legendary ex-Barcelona, Real Madrid and Galatasaray star confirmed that it’s unlikely Ianis Hagi will feature until after the World Cup, but he cannot put a firm date on the return.
Hagi Snr also railed at reports in Ianis’ homeland which claimed the attacking midfielder and former KRC Genk star was recovering from what is a very serious injury quicker than expected.
Ianis Hagi has been out ever since sustaining a devastating cruciate ligament knee injury in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion seven months ago.
No set date for Ianis Hagi Rangers return
“It’s a very complicated injury, he won’t be able to return before the break for the World Cup,” said Gheorghe Hagi [Scottish Sun].
“All of the media in Romania were in a hurry and said that he will return in August or September. That he will play for the national team in September, no problem.
“The truth is he will return when he is 100% ready. It was not easy at all for him. He had a pretty serious injury.
“But things are going very well at the moment and when there is an opportunity for him to get back playing he will get back playing.
“We will just have to see when it will be. I can’t put a date on his return.”
The comments of Gheorghe Hagi back up those of Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who had previously claimed it would be after the World Cup before Ianis returns.
It is a sizeable blow to Rangers with the attacking midfielder once regarded as the brightest talents in European football and a player of increasing influence on the Ibrox squad.
Injuries devastated the Rangers team last season as Alfredo Morelos, Filip Helander and Kemar Roofe joined Hagi on the treatment table in the second half of the campaign.
Injury problems have also blighted the beginning of this campaign and it’s part of the reason why the club’s summer recruitment has come under scrutiny.