Rangers star's iconic dad blasts former boss over son's treatment
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Gheorge Hagi blasts Genk boss over treatment of Rangers star Ianis

Gheorghe Hagi has taken aim at former Genk boss Felice Mazzu over his treatment of Hagi’s son Ianis, which prompted his move to Rangers.

After signing for the Belgians last summer for £7million, Hagi junior was bombed out of the side by Mazzu – much to the bewilderment of both Ianis and his dad.

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The elder Hagi insists the Genk fans and players were “puzzled” over Ianis’ absence from the side, and said it was “no wonder” he wanted to join Rangers on loan in Janaury.

“I have just one question for Mazzu….why didn’t he play Ianis more often?” Hagi said, as quoted by Glasgow Live.

“Of course he will never answer that question. He started the season brilliantly at Genk and then Mazzu refused to play him for seven games in a row.

“He disappeared and neither Ianis or his team-mates knew why.

“He was voted man of the match in a Champions League game against Napoli and then they didn’t play him. The Genk fans respected him and were completely puzzled why he wasn’t playing.

“When Ianis realised this, he knew he would have to leave. Genk had a great chance to give him a platform to play. But only Mazzu can answer why they didn’t.

“No wonder Ianis wanted to leave and join a club like Rangers who use him properly.”

Mazzu had already been sacked by the time Hagi moved to Ibrox and it seems the damage had already been done for the Romanian wonderkid.

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With Rangers picking him up for a bargain £3million, the Belgian side really seems to have missed out thanks to their former manager.

There are still some question marks over the player though after short stints with both Genk and Fiorentina so far – and a third similarly brief move wouldn’t look good for Hagi.

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