Rangers star Ianis Hagi will come up against a couple of familiar faces tonight when he lines up for Romania against Northern Ireland in the UEFA Nations League – and the struggling Ibrox ace can use the international break to rediscover his form after a sluggish start to the campaign with Steven Gerrard’s side.
After making his loan move to Ibrox permanent over the summer, the son of Barcelona and Real Madrid legend Gheorghe has only shown up in small bursts this season.
The Romanians face Northern Ireland tonight before taking on Austria in a few days time and it could be the perfect opportunity for Hagi to get back to his best ahead of a crucial run of games for the Light Blues.
With Steven Davis and Jordan Jones in opposition tonight, Hagi will come up against two players who know exactly what he can offer and will be looking to pick up three points in new manager’s Ian Baraclough’s first game in charge.
Hagi’s quality is undoubted but the 21-year-old attacker needs to be able to perform to a high level consistently if he is to live up the expectations that follow him for both club and country.
Coming away from Rangers and facing teams who will look to stifle games and sit in deep should give Hagi more opportunities to influence games and show exactly what he is capable of.
Rangers have lacked someone who is able to produce a moment of magic and unlock defences and the Romanian international is definitely capable, even if he hasn’t shown it enough this season.
The internationals might just be what Hagi needs to become the player Rangers hoped he would when they signed him permanently.