Rangers star Ianis Hagi has pipped former Europa League Slavia Prague foe and countryman Nicolae Stanciu to a monthly Romanian national team award.

The Ibrox number 7 has been on strong form for Rangers this season and pipped the likes of Stanciu and Galatasaray midfielder Alex Cicâldău to be crowned Romania’s player of the month.

As AS-RO explain, the award is voted for by supporters of the Romanian national team and is based on the performances of the players with their club sides.

Rangers star Ianis Hagi, 23, bossed the vote with over 47% of the final standings and showed his popularity in his homeland by pipping Cicâldău (20.68%) and Stanciu (16.39%).


Rangers fans will remember Nicolae Stanciu in particular as being a difference maker across the two legs against Slavia, scoring in both of them as the Czech club ran out 3-1 aggregate winners.

The match was overshadowed by a disgraceful incidence of racial abuse aimed at Glen Kamara from Czech defender Ondrej Kudela. Nicolae Stanciu was not involved.

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Rangers star Ianis Hagi has won a Romania national team award for his Rangers form in November. (Photo by Vasile Mihai-Antonio/Getty Images)

Rangers star Ianis Hagi in Romania award amid exit links

The son of legendary Romanian midfielder Gheorghe, Ianis Hagi is beginning to carve out a career of his own and is finding his feet and form with Rangers this season.

But despite contributing three goals and four assists this season, Hagi does have a tendency to drift in and out of matches and there is still room to develop for the attacking midfielder.

The award for Ianis Hagi also comes at a time when the player has been linked with the Ibrox exit door, something which has persisted during his time at Rangers.

The latest names to be mentioned include boyhood club Galatasaray, now Steven Gerrard led Aston Villa and Joe Mourinho’s AS Roma.

However, the attacking midfielder has been warned off a move out of Rangers by Romania U21 manager and ex-Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu.

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Ianis Hagi has been a matchwinning contributor during his time at Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I do not understand why Ianis has to leave. Rangers is a great team and I think Ianis needs to strengthen its position and become a scorer,” said Mutu [Pro Sport].

“He needs a goal, he also needs a goal for the national team. People are waiting for the goal. The moment the goal comes, then you will leave with a different status.

“You go differently as number one to the Rangers. I think he has very good performances at Rangers and it’s not an easy championship, he plays with axes on the table.”

Meanwhile, a Rangers-linked Dutch talent has just lit up the UEFA Youth League as his contract continues to run down at Paris St Germain.

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