Rangers star Ianis Hagi snapped back at a reporter’s question following a narrow defeat in a World Cup Qualifier on Friday night.

Hagi scored the opening goal of the game for underdogs Romania against Germany in Hamburg.

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Ianis Hagi celebrates a brilliant opening goal for Romania against Germany. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)

He drove foward from the right flank, danced into the box despite the presence of multiple defenders, and then dispatched a confident finish beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

It was a brilliant individual effort that prompted major praise on social media, including from Rangers first-team coach Michael Beale.


However, Germany would turn things around in the second half, with goals from Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller sealing all three points for the hosts.

The result left Romania fourth in Group J and consequently, the Rangers star was in no mood to discuss his goal after the game.

“I’m not interested in whether it was the best goal I have ever scored,” he replied after being asked to evaluate his strike [Daily Record]. “I don’t even want to think about my goal because we’re leaving here without any points.”

“Our aim was to get at least one point. It’s normal that I’m disappointed because when you go in 1-0 up at half time, you think you will go on to win the game or at least get a point.

“I thought we had them in real trouble, but we failed to score a second goal and they scored. Even a draw would have been a good point for us, but we lost that late goal and got no points.”

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The Rangers star showed elite mentality when snapping back at a question following the defeat. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

Rangers star Hagi snaps back at reporter after disappointing defeat

Hagi is a big fan favourite at Ibrox and one of the reasons for that is that he gets what the club is all about.

Anything other than a win isn’t good enough at Rangers and praise won’t be handed out for individual moments if the points aren’t delivered.

It’s an elite mentality that the 22-year-old has clearly taken into international duty, even though Romania are 28 places behind Germany in the FIFA World Rankings.

There will have been a degree of satisfaction with the goal, of course, but Hagi wants to make it to the World Cup, so the night would have been much much sweeter if Tricolorii had pulled off a major upset in Hamburg.

In other news, a former Rangers star is set to return to Ibrox very soon.

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