Rangers player Ianis Hagi has streaked clear of Napoli, Lazio and Lyon stars after thousands of fans cast votes in an official UEFA Europa League poll.
Hagi has three goals and three assists to his name at club level so far this season, while he also scored a superb goal for Romania in a World Cup Qualifier against Germany last month.
He’s a rising star of European football and has been a fan favourite at Ibrox ever since first arriving on loan from Genk in January 2020.
The 23-year-old secured an important point for Rangers against Brondby in Denmark in the club’s most recent Europa League fixture and ahead of a crucial clash against Sparta Prague next week, he was included in a poll created by the competition’s official Twitter account.
The admin tweeted to the account’s 8.7m followers asking them to ‘pick a number 7′, before listing Hagi, Napoli star Elif Elmas, Lazio’s Felipe Anderson and Karl Toko Ekambi of Lyon.
Since the poll was created on Thursday morning, over 17k votes have been cast and at the time of writing, Rangers’ number 7 was the runaway leader with 49.4% of the votes.
The standings show both how highly rated Hagi is and how keen Bears are to support their players on social media.
The poll is still set to run for another five days, but it’s highly unlikely that the two-footed creator will be caught.
Hagi had a good relationship with former manager Steven Gerrard but wasn’t always trusted in big games and it’ll be interesting to see how he’s used by Giovanni van Bronckhorst when he officially takes over.