Former Rangers and Ajax star Ronald de Boer has hailed Ianis Hagi as an “unbelievable asset” for the Gers after making his deadline day move to Ibrox from Belgian side Genk.

Hagi scored on his first start for the Light Blues, netting the winner against Hibs in midweek, and fans have immediately anointed the Romanian international as their new hero.

GLASGOW - APRIL 27: Ronald de Boer of Rangers takes the ball past Neil Lennon of Celtic during the Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier League match between Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic held on April 27, 2003 at the Ibrox Stadium, in Glasgow, Scotland. Celtic won the match 2-1.

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Dutch icon de Boer believes he’ll add some creativity to the Rangers side playing in the “Messi role” on the right of the front three.

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“Hagi will be an unbelievable asset for Rangers,” de Boer told The Herald.

From what I saw on Wednesday night, they were lacking a bit of creativity going forward. I think Hagi has great creativity and will be able to provide that for them. He is very two-footed.

“Hagi played on the right side, in what I call the Messi role, on Wednesday night. He cuts inside and plays more like a No.10. He did it very well, especially considering it was his first start. His finish for the goal was amazing.



“It wasn’t an easy chance and he was under pressure to score, but he took it well.”

Rangers retain an ‘exclusive’ option to make Hagi’s move a permanent one and it seems likely that the Gers will take that up in the summer.

, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 18: Ianis Hagi of Romania during the EURO Qualifier match between Spain v Romania at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium on November 18, 2019

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Despite Steven Gerrard trying to dampen expectation, Hagi’s early performances have impressed fans as he finds his feet in Scottish football.

If his performances continue as they have in his first few appearances, Rangers have won a watch with Hagi’s signing and he could well be the player the Gers have been crying out for for years.

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