Rangers star Ianis Hagi could be made to wait for Old Firm bow despite strong form
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Rangers star Ianis Hagi could be made to wait for Old Firm bow despite strong form

Ianis Hagi has been highly influential for Rangers in recent weeks, racking up seven assists in his last seven appearances at club level.

However, the 21-year-old isn’t guaranteed to start against Celtic on Saturday and the wait for his Old Firm bow could continue.

Ianis Hagi has provided plenty of killer passes for Rangers in recent weeks. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That’s because the return of Ryan Jack to full fitness ahead of such an important fixture has given Gers boss Steven Gerrard a selection headache.

Glen Kamara, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield were performing very well prior to the international break and if this was any other fixture, they may have been selected together in midfield.

However, the manager has a lot of trust in Jack and after his impressive showing for Scotland against the Czech Republic on Wednesday night, it’s highly unlikely he’ll be left out at Parkhead.

Ryan Jack’s return to full fitness creates a selection headache. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard could still try to squeeze all four players into his XI, though, and in that case, there would be no room for Hagi.

Scott Arfield would move forward to the right-sided attacking slot with Kamara, Davis and Jack forming the midfield trio.

Such a call would perhaps limit Rangers in an attacking sense, but it would make them hard to overrun in the middle of the park, the area in which many Old Firm contests are won and lost.

Even if one of Arfield, Davis or Kamara is left out, though, Hagi still may not get the call.

Pace on the counter-attack could be key and the manager has opted for two wingers in big games in the past.

Brandon Barker is in the mix for an Old Firm appearance. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Brandon Barker started both Europa League group stage fixtures against Porto last season, while Jordan Jones showed what a threat he can pose with a lively display at Fir Park in late September.

With all that in mind, Hagi fans should perhaps brace themselves for disappointment ahead of the team announcement on Saturday morning.

Ahead of the game, why not check out our Preview Video over on the Rangers News YouTube channel.