Former Rangers defender Dorin Goian has insisted that he is “sure” Ianis Hagi will stay at Ibrox long-term and believes the Romanian “loves” live in Glasgow.

Hagi’s loan comes to an end in the summer, with Rangers having an option to buy him, and Goian thinks the Gers will have “no problem” paying the reported £4m fee.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 29: Gary Hooper of Celtic in action with Dorin Goian of Rangers during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on April 29, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The former defender admits it’s not easy to win over the Rangers fans but is confident Hagi can if he “trusts” his own ability.

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“I know Rangers and their financial potential very well,” Goain said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“I can tell you if they are satisfied with him – and I think they are – it certainly won’t be a problem for them to pay the money to Genk to sign Ianis.

“Let me tell you a secret about Rangers’ financial muscle. When they were put into the fourth tier in Scottish football they not only wanted me to stay, but they offered me the same money I was on in the top league.

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“Ianis loves Rangers and playing at Ibrox.

“If he trusts his own talent and his potential, he will win the heart of the Rangers supporters, which is not easy.

“It all depends on him which path he takes, but I am sure it will be at Rangers.”

Hagi has impressed since signing on loan in January but will be disappointed not to get the chance to continue the season after Covid-19 forced it to be halted.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 04: Ianis Hagi of Rangers is seen in action during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 04, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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The wonderkid’s Olympic ambitions had to be put on hold yesterday after it was confirmed the Games in Tokyo this summer would be pushed back to 2021.

Hagi was almost certain to feature for his country but will now need to bide his time – hopefully at Ibrox – before getting the chance to take part in the Olympics.

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