Rangers star Ianis Hagi was injured in the warm-up for Rangers as the Ibrox squad was stretched and the Gers were forced to play a very young bench in the defeat to Malmo.

Speaking after the Gers fell to a 2-1 defeat in the first leg of the tie, the Ibrox gaffer was talking about his desire for more options ahead of the return leg next week.

In doing so the Rangers gaffer also pointed out that Romanian playmaker Ianis Hagi limped out of the warm-up prior to kick off.

“I would like more options to choose from,” said Gerrard [Rangers].

“Tonight we had a very young bench outside Fashion Sakala. I didn’t want to stick any young bodies into a game of that magnitude, I don’t think that was fair.

“But we’ve had some situations in the warm-up; Ianis Hagi was unavailable in the warm-up.

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“Joe Aribo was unavailable from yesterday, they would’ve been two good options.

 

“But next week hopefully we have three or four different faces to choose from, and we’ll be stronger next week.”

An injury to Hagi comes after the midfielder was substituted in the 3-0 win over Livingston following a crunching challenge from Lions star Adam Lewis.

Rangers fell to a 2-1 defeat to Malmo after a lapse in concentration at the beginning of the second half which saw them ship two goals in quick succession.

Søren Rieks gave the Swedish Champions the lead only two minutes after the restart before some calamitous defending allowed Veljko Birmančević to make it two immediately after.

Rangers veteran Steven Davis would pop up with a major moment in injury time as his 95th minute deflected strike blew the tie wide open.

Rangers manager Gerrard singled only two of his players out for praise and took aim at “six or seven” who were not at the level required.

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