Rangers sure to feel absence of the original slayer of Braga
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Rangers sure to feel absence of the original slayer of Braga

As Rangers prepare to welcome Braga to Ibrox in the second leg of their Europa League quarter final, they’ll have to overcome the Portuguese without Ianis Hagi.

The Romanian playmaker, 23, was ruled out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury and has missed the bulk of the second half of the campaign.

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But whilst Ianis Hagi’s absence has been felt across the squad for sure, it will be felt none more so than agains the Portuguese outfit in Glasgow.

Ianis was instrumental in navigating what was admittedly a much-changed Braga side in 19/20, his legendary Ibrox double inspiring a comeback in the Europa League Last 32.

Ianis Hagi the original Rangers slayer of Braga

With Rangers 2-0 down and looking dead and buried, January loan signing Ianis Hagi harnessed the power of Ibrox to drag the Gers back into the clash.

In one of the most iconic nights in Ibrox European history, Ianis scored a fantastic low effort to haul the score back to 2-1 before Joe Aribo beat several men in a stunner of his own to equalise.

Ianis Hagi would then net a free-kick that deflected off the Braga wall and Rangers took a 3-2 lead to Portugal where the midfielder also assisted Ryan Kent’s goal in a 1-0 win.

This means that of the four goals Rangers scored against Braga in 2020, Ianis Hagi was involved in three of them.

It just goes to show how much of an influence the £3m midfielder can be in these sorts of games and Ianis Hagi’s absence against Braga is certain to be felt.

Let’s just hope it isn’t a defining factor and Rangers can overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg of the competition, van Bronckhorst’s side falling to an Abel Ruiz strike in Braga.

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