Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted he has ‘big decisions’ to make ahead of Saturday’s clash against Celtic, after being asked about Ianis Hagi [RangersTV].
The Gers extended their winning run in the Premiership to 13 matches with a comfortable 2-0 victory over St Mirren on Wednesday afternoon, as they exacted some revenge for their shock League Cup exit in Paisley earlier in the month.
Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos grabbed the goals, with Hagi setting up the opener with a well-weighted through ball.
The assist took the Romania international to eight for the season and level with James Tavernier at the top of the Premiership chart, as he backed up goals in his previous two outings against St Johnstone and Hibernian.
After the game, he was praised by his manager, who will decide whether or not he makes his first Old Firm appearance at the weekend.
“Ianis has come back into the team and he’s contributing really well,” said Gerrard after being asked about Hagi, Roofe and Morelos [RangersTV]. “I’ve got some big decisions to make for the weekend but that’s where I want to be. People are pushing for places and that’s the way it is.”
“I’ll pick a team that I think can do a job against Celtic, not really going on who scored in the last game or who’s in form.
“There’ll be no sentiment, it’ll be the team that I think can get us the three points.”
Despite joining from Genk in January, initially on loan, there’s only been one Old Firm clash during Hagi’s time at the club.
He was left on the bench for that game in October as the Gers cruised to a 2-0 win at Parkhead thanks to a double from Connor Goldson.
He faces tough competition to make the starting lineup with Ryan Kent, Roofe and Morelos all also pushing to be included, but he stands a much better chance of featuring at some point this time around.
Hagi is averaging a direct goal contribution every 90 minutes in the Premiership so far this season and if Gerrard wants extra creativity against the Hoops, he’ll surely turn to his number seven.
The 22-year-old was awarded an 8 in our Player Ratings for the St Mirren game but his outstanding teammate picked up a 9 for top performance.