Ianis Hagi has raved about Rangers and the atmosphere at the club whilst on international duty with Romania, as quoted by the Glasgow Times.
The 21-year-old joined the Gers on loan from Belgian club Genk back in January and starred in both legs of the Europa League Round of 32 triumph over Braga.
Despite the season being called early due to the global health crisis, Steven Gerrard had seen enough to want the player back at Ibrox and he was snapped up on a long-term contract for a fee in the region of £3 million earlier this summer [Glasgow Times].
It sounds like he has no regrets about his relocation to Glasgow, either.
“The atmosphere around the club at Rangers is extraordinary, even with no fans just now,” said Hagi, as quoted by the Glasgow Times. “The Rangers supporters live for the club 100 per cent and they pass that passion on to us.”
“They gave me a sensational welcome and, as a young footballer, there is no better place to play football. I am growing every day there.”
Hagi went on to suggest that although he experienced playing at a high level with previous clubs Fiorentina and Genk, he wasn’t given sufficient opportunities to show what he could do.
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Most Rangers supporters were delighted when the club brought Hagi in on a permanent deal due to the flashes of brilliance he showed during his short stint in Glasgow earlier in the year.
The talented playmaker hasn’t quite managed to shine so far during the 2020/21 Premiership campaign, but he did find the net against Hamilton last weekend, which should give his confidence a boost.
It sounds as though he’s aware that he isn’t yet the finished article, but is happy with the environment he’s now playing in and with the faith being shown in him by the Gers supporters and coaching staff.
The more games he plays, the more likely it is that his raw talent will begin to convert into consistent performances and when that happens, Rangers will have a real asset on their hands.
Hagi is currently back in his native Romania ahead of the start of the Nations League and is set to face off against two of his Rangers teammates on Friday night.