Former Ger Thomas Buffel has had his say on Rangers star Ianis Hagi after the Romanian’s impressive performance against Brondby.
Buffel, who played for Rangers between 2005 and 2008 and knows a thing or two about arriving at the club with high expectations, has praised Hagi.
“He seems to thrive on the pressure, and he is comfortable to produce at that level” explains the Belgian [The Sun].
This of course isn’t Hagi’s first impressive showing in Europe. In his first European appearance for the club, he scored twice to spark a remarkable comeback against Braga in February 2020.
“He was a young player when he came to Genk and he had a lot of competition for places, now he is an important player for Rangers,” said Buffel.
“The creative role in the team, especially at a club like Rangers, holds a lot of responsibility.”
This responsibility is something that Hagi craves. His maturity levels have risen ever since he first arrived at the club, and he is always demanding the ball and trying to make things happen.
Learning from the manager
“Steven Gerrard was obviously one of the best players in the world at Liverpool,” Buffel suggests.
“I think Ianis will have learned a lot from the manager since he has been working with him.”
There is surely no one finer for Hagi to develop under than Gerrard. The Romanian has taken his game to a different level since he arrived at the club.
The Romanian could yet reach his potential at Rangers but with Roma reportedly valuing the player at £17m amidst January transfer links, the question is, how long can we keep him?
In other news, Rangers Women beat Celtic in yesterday’s league encounter.