On a big European night at Ibrox the Rangers fans called for a hero, and they got Ianis Hagi.

The young Romanian playmaker joined the Glasgow club on-loan in the January transfer window to much fanfare with a reputation and a name which apparently precedes him.

The attacking midfielder hit a wonderful left-foot effort into the bottom corner of the Braga net to spark the Europa League comeback to beat all comebacks as Rangers beat Braga 3-2.

Ianis Hagi had a pretty special European debut at Ibrox against Braga. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A highly-rated playmaker with the world apparently at his feet, Hagi has been touted for big things even beyond living up to his famous paternal namesake.

The son of former Barcelona and Real Madrid hero Gheorghe, the 21-year-old Romanian wonderkid not only sparked Ibrox into life by hauling the side back into it at 2-0, but he eventually won the game.

There was more than a touch of luck about Hagi’s eventual free-kick winner, with his enthusiastic dead-ball bouncing off the wall and evading Braga keeper Matheus.

On a night when the Rangers fans wanted their stumbling side to stand up and be counted, Hagi embraced his European debut with all the vigour and inspiration that his father once did when turning out in his playing days.

Emotionally, the young midfielder’s dad was watching on as his son turned not only the game but Ibrox upside down on a special night south of the river Clyde.

Here’s how the Rangers fans reacted to the performance of Ianis Hagi on Twitter:




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