Former Rangers striker Kenny Miller has partially questioned the club’s decision to sign Ianis Hagi for a reported fee of £3 million, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
The Gers announced on Wednesday evening that the Romania international had agreed a ‘permanent, long-term deal’ with the club which would officially go through when the transfer window opens in June.
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The official update from the club came after multiple sources reported that Rangers would pay Hagi’s current club, Genk, £3 million plus add-ons across a number of years.
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Miller believes the playmaker is talented but has some reservations about the deal.
“It’s a lot of money to spend on a player we’ve not seen too much of in his time at the club,” said Miller, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “But the manager and his staff have obviously seen enough of him on a daily basis, see how he goes about his work, to spend that money.”
“It’s not the player’s fault, sometimes you have to pay the premium, the fee the other club demands. You look at the money they spent on Ryan Kent at the start of the season after a reasonably successful loan spell. That was a lot of money also.
Miller says that players like Kent and Hagi can be developed and sold on for a profit, but isn’t convinced Hagi has shown enough yet to categorise this deal as low-risk.
“It is a lot of money to spend on a player that was virtually there for a few months. I don’t think he’d become a regular at any point, it’s not as if he came and started every game.”
It’s understandable that Miller and some Rangers fans have reservations about Hagi. He did spend only a few months on loan at Ibrox before the global health crisis brought fixtures to a halt and his numbers weren’t spectacular.
What’s more, in a summer window where almost all clubs will have to look to be sensible with spending, this could be the biggest fee Rangers pay.
Yet, when you consider the kind of fees shipped out by the top clubs in Europe on a regular basis, £3 million is a bargain for a full international who lit up the Europa League Round of 32 tie against Braga.
Rangers managed to buy the player for less than Genk paid Viitorul Constanta to acquire him last summer and with the payments staggered over a long period, the transfer won’t blast a hole in the club’s accounts.
The strange part of Miller’s assessment, though, is his comment about Hagi not being a regular during his time at Ibrox.
The reality is that Hagi played in every single fixture he was available for after signing on the final day of the January window, including making six consecutive league starts before the suspension of the Premiership.