Rangers star Ianis Hagi says that watching his Ibrox teammates getting to the Europa League Final without him was agony as he works his way back from injury.
The talented Romanian playmaker is a key player for the Ibrox side but was rocked by a cruciate ligament injury back in January.
Hagi, 23, limped off after a heavy challenge in the 3-0 win over Stirling Albion and since then has been working his way back with claims it could be October before he returns.
Rangers certainly missed the creative midfielder’s influence in the second half of the campaign and perhaps Hagi could’ve been a difference maker domestically and in Europe.
Speaking ahead of the new campaign, Hagi made mention of missing out on the Europa League Final and promised to come back stronger than ever.
Ianis Hagi makes Rangers return promise
“I sat down and thought about everything I had accomplished so far. I realised I could be happy,” said Rangers star Ianis Hagi [Antena Sport].
“The team’s road to the Europa League final was extraordinary. When you have such an injury, it is never easy.
“Sometimes you are alone, and you can’t sleep at night. I’m in love, my family was with me.
“They supported me unconditionally and understood what I needed to do to recover 100 percent.
“There are times when you feel alone. The people I love have helped me get through this moment in my life.
“I’m very happy with how the recovery went.
“100 percent I will come back stronger, I have no doubt. I know myself, I know who I am.
“What matters is how you feel and how confident you are. I’m sure I’ll be back even better.”
Ianis Hagi has had an impressive stint at Rangers since joining two and a half years ago, signing from RC Genk on a £3m deal in 2020 after an initially successful loan spell, and it does genuinely feel like the best is yet to come.
Let’s hope the midfielder can get back to doing what he does best and use this experience to springboard him into taking the next step in his career.
Meanwhile, another Rangers midfielder has been grabbing the headlines with a stunning goal on international duty.