Rangers star Glen Kamara might’ve been the talk of Ibrox before the Livingston match after agreeing a new deal, but it’s all about the return of an increasingly key player in the post-match.

Ianis Hagi hasn’t been seen since the international break after a positive Covid-19 diagnosis and was only back on the bench against the Lions in the League Cup.

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Rangers fans have been lavishing Ianis Hagi with praise for his contribution against Livingston. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

But after the Gers toiled for openings in a lacklustre opening period, Hagi was introduced to proceedings for the second half, and it took him only three minutes to have an impact.

The Romanian playmaker took the ball from Kemar Roofe before rolling in the Jamaican international at the back post with a delightful, composed, rolled ball into the space.

It was a tap in for Kemar and sparked Rangers’ performance into life before Alfredo Morelos made in two and put the Gers in cruise control.

Rangers were too good for Livingston in the second half of the clash and were worthy winners on the night with shades of the side that secured 55 returning in the match.

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But much of this was through the ever-creative Hagi whose work ethic and dig endears the crowd almost as much as the player’s ability to carve open opposition defences.

A multi-talented player with the right attitude to boot, Ianis Hagi is fast emerging as an increasingly key player for the club just weeks from his 23rd birthday.

For many fans the player is a hugely influential one and this was best exemplified by his match-altering contribution just moments after being introduced.

Supporters took to Twitter to praise the Romanian for his performance as they express delight that Hagi is back in the side:

 

The result puts Rangers into the draw for the semi-final of the Premier Sports Cup where they will be joined by St Johnstone after they defeated Dundee 2-0 at Den Park.

Dundee United play Hibs and Celtic play Raith Rovers to decide who takes the other two slots tomorrow.

Meanwhile a former Rangers manager has been pulling off a cup upset of his own by defeating one of the sport’s most respected coaches

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