Rangers star ruled out of Europa League opener; further absences could beckon - report
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Rangers star Ianis Hagi will miss Lyon clash after positive Covid-19 test

Rangers have been dealt a sizeable blow by the news that influential attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi will miss the Europa League opener against Lyon and could miss up to five games due to a positive Covid-19 test.

The situation relates to the fact that Hagi, 22, tested positive for the virus whilst in the North Macedonian capital of Skopje and will now be subject to local Covid rules.

According to the Scottish Sun, under current Macedonian those who test positive must isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

Given the news broke on the 7th of August, this means Hagi won’t get out of isolation until the 17th meaning Hagi will miss the clashes with St Johnstone (11/09) and Lyon (16/09).

However, under the rules, only those who are asymptomatic can leave isolation after 10 days with those displaying symptoms expected to stay in isolation for a total of 20 days.

This means that Hagi couldn’t leave isolation until the 27th of August, with the player then also missing the matches with Motherwell (19/09), Livingston (22/09), and Dundee (25/09).

That’s before you discuss the lack of real preparation or fitness whilst in quarantine and the potential impact the virus can have after diagnosis.

This represents a sizeable blow to the Ibrox club’s chances but the Gers are well stocked in attacking midfield and further up the pitch.

Nonetheless, Hagi has proven himself to be a difference-maker in tight clashes and Rangers boss Gerrard will be eager to see him back in the Ibrox side before long.

We wish Ianis all the best in his recovery from the virus and hope to see him back in Rangers fit and firing soon.

Rangers star Ianis Hagi tested positive for Covid-19 whilst on international duty with Romania. (Photo by Alex Nicodim/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Romania are set to face off against North Macedonia this evening in a potentially decisive Group J clash in World Cup Qualification.

Romania sit 3rd on 9 points with North Macedonia 4th on 8 and Armenia 3rd on 10 with group favourites Germany top on 12.

Whilst the situation surrounding Ianis Hagi is a blow for Rangers, one key Ibrox star has been cleared fit to play for his country after injury worries earlier in the week.

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