Rangers star Ianis Hagi “made the right choice” moving to Ibrox permanently this summer and “will only get better” with the Light Blues – according to his iconic dad, Gheorghe.

Hagi has been out of the starting XI in recent games but still has six assists to his name in the Premiership – more than anyone other than James Tavernier – and a further two in the Europa League.

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Former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Gheorge also told how the Gers gifted him a shirt with his name on it when he visited Ibrox and lauded his son as the only Romanian at a “big club from the West.”

“I keep hearing he doesn’t play very much at Rangers – well he’s played in 13 out of 20 matches this season,” Hagi said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“It’s true, he hasn’t maybe scored as many goals as he would have wanted for Rangers, but the No.10 position he plays means he is not necessarily a goalscorer.

“He is the only Romanian player at a big club from the West. He’s playing for a club that are in first place in the league and he’s also playing in the only league in Europe that plays three matches a week all year round.

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“Ianis is very well appreciated at Rangers. He will only get better playing for them.

 

“Of all the clubs I have visited, Rangers were the club who received me the best. They even gave me a shirt with my name on it.

“It was a great reception and I left happy that Ianis had made the right choice.”

Despite being out of the side in the last few games, Hagi has made a total of 17 appearances this season so it’s not as if he’s been banished to Siberia by Gerrard.

The Romanian seemed to have a bit of a dip in confidence recently, asking to go with Romania’s under-21s rather than the full squad, but he put in a good shift against Aberdeen last weekend.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him start against Falkirk – if he doesn’t start tonight – and there’s little doubt he made the right choice in making his move to Ibrox permanent.

 

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