Big Rangers boost for Malmo clash as star travels despite fears
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Big Rangers boost for Malmo clash as star travels despite fears

Rangers have received a big boost ahead of their Champions League Third Qualifying Round first leg against Malmo.

Ianis Hagi scored the opening goal but was forced off half an hour into Saturday’s Premiership opener against Livingston at Ibrox after picking up a knock.

Ianis Hagi scored Rangers’ first competitive goal of the 2021/22 season. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Fans expressed concerns at the time and after the game, Steven Gerrard said he hoped the club’s medical staff would be able to ‘pull a rabbit out of the hat’ to get him fit for Tuesday evening [Sky Sports].

Losing Hagi would have been a big blow, particularly given that Leon Balogun, Glen Kamara and Kemar Roofe are all suspended, while Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Jack are also unavailable.

However, it seems that the 22-year-old is very much in contention to play.

That’s because Sky Sports cameras picked him out at Glasgow Airport as the squad departed for Sweden on Monday afternoon and he appeared to be moving freely.

Hagi made nine European appearances for Rangers last season, scoring once and notching three assists, while he also netted a brilliant brace in the famous comeback win over Braga in the Europa League Round of 32 the previous season.

Having Hagi available to face Malmo is a big boost for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard will be delighted to have the former Fiorentina and Genk player at his disposal and he could use him in midfield or as an inside forward.

Rangers will be hoping for a strong first performance against the Swedes to give themselves a chance of progression with a big boost potentially on its way from the Scottish Government for the return leg.