Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has raved about an Ibrox star he says is totally ‘obsessed’ with improving his game [RangersTV].
Ianis Hagi returned from a Covid-related absence for Wednesday night’s Premier Sports Cup quarter-final against Livingston and provided an assist off the bench as the Gers triumphed 2-0.
He’s received plenty of praise since then and many fans now love him even more after finding out specifics about his rushed return to Glasgow following his isolation period.
After being asked about the 22-year-old in Friday’s press conference ahead of the trip to Dundee in the Premiership, Gerrard waxed lyrical.
“We knew the talent we were buying and we knew the potential that Ianis had,” he said [RangersTV]. “We knew there were areas of his game that could grow and improve but one thing you’re dealing with here is a player who is obsessed to get better. Whether that be off the pitch and in the gym, he’s to the millimetre in terms of his nutrition and his diet and his professionalism.”
“He is someone who stays behind every single session to improve parts of his game. He’s an absolute pleasure to work with and I think he’s got a real good group around him away from here as well.”
This is all high praise indeed from Gerrard, who of course played at an extremely high level for a very long time and was known for his dedication to his trade.
Hagi’s commitment to his conditioning has helped him a lot in the opening months of the campaign, as he’s regained form remarkably quickly following injury and Covid absences.
It would be a surprise if he didn’t make the starting XI at Dens Park on Saturday afternoon, so significant was the impact he made off the bench last time out against Livi.