Rangers have not given up hope of having Ianis Hagi back in the squad ahead of the club’s clash with Lyon as Ibrox gaffer Steven Gerrard points to a Covid-19 reprieve handed to the French side.
Romanian international Hagi, 22, has been missing from the Gers squad since testing positive for the virus during the international break with Romania.
Ibrox gaffer Gerrard pointed to the situation involving Lyon trio Bruno Guimarães, Lucas Paquetá and Tino Kadewere, who’ve been granted Scottish Government exemptions to enter the UK despite travelling to Covid-19 red list countries during the international break.
Speaking as he gave an update regarding four Rangers players in particular – with mixed news concerning them all – the Ibrox gaffer revealed discussions are ongoing.
“We’re having conversations at the moment to try and get him back as soon as possible,” said Gerrard [Rangers].
“I think after the news that the Scottish Government have allowed players in who have been in red countries, we’re trying to get Ianis back at soon as possible.
“There’s conversations going as we speak but obviously it’s out of my control so unfortunately, I haven’t got a day or exact time he’ll be here but from my point of view, I need him back as quick as possible.”
Rangers have however been boosted by the return of two key players to the side ahead of the clash with the Ligue 1 club.
Goalkeeper Allan McGregor has recovered from a knock whilst vice-captain Connor Goldson has left Covid-19 isolation and is available for selection.
However, Ibrox centre-back Filip Helander has been ruled out of contention for the “foreseeable future” after undergoing surgery following an injury sustained against St Johnstone.
“Helander will be missing,” said Gerrard.
“He has had surgery in the last 24-48 hours to fix an issue that they spotted when they went inside to have a look so he will be missing for the foreseeable future.
“I’ve not had a chance to speak to Fil post-surgery but I will do as soon as possible to see how he is mentally and physically.
“It is difficult to put a time on his return for now but will be at least a few months.”
Read more about that Scottish Government reprieve handed out to the Lyon trio as the club’s £17m talisman prepares to play at Ibrox.