Michael Beale obviously doesn’t like his players being honest about not getting game time with the news that Ianis Hagi has been dumped from Rangers Champions League squad.

The 24-year old playmaker looked sharp when he came off the bench against Morton and was key to picking up a tempo and quality that was so evidently lacking but it looks as though is time at the club might be done.

A post-match press conference where he expressed his unhappiness at not playing has seen Ianis Hagi face the prospect of sitting in the stand where once he was key to Rangers European chances after being uncerimoniously dropped from the Champions League squad.

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The surprising thing about this saga is that Michael Beale has worked with Ianis Hagi before he was injured.

He knows what the Romanian international is capable of and Ianis Hagi himself has commented on how good a condition he is in physically.

Now though, the Gers gaffer has publicly stated that, for all that he has no issue with Ianis Hagi, a move away could be on the cards.

Ianis Hagi won’t be happy after Rangers squad snub

Rangers are restricted in terms of foreign players in the Champions League squad but it is still a surprise to see a player who is a regular for his country not even make the list never mind getting off the bench on a match day.

The only alternative explanation is that Michael Beale has done a direct swap with Rabbi Matondo looking for a different option because he isn’t going to drop any of the new attackers.

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Also, in midfield, John Lundstram and Kieran Dowell offer a defensive flexibility that reported £4m signing Ianis Hagi doesn’t for Rangers.

It is all a consequence of not having enough good quality Scottish players in the squad.

One thing is for sure, if you thought that Hagi was unhappy on Saturday, I’d imagine he might be picking up the phone to his agent after this to see if Lecce are still interested.

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