Rangers fans have raved about Ianis Hagi for a brilliant gesture after he was substituted during the second half of Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League win over Brondby.

Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe scored the goals as Rangers comfortably defeated the Danish champions at Ibrox to get off the mark in Group A.

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Leon Balogun scored his first competitive goal for the club. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Hagi may not have added to his tallies of two goals and two assists for the season, but he produced a very tidy performance in an advanced role.

He was one of three players taken off in the 78th minute as Steven Gerrard introduced fresh legs to help see out the game but as he was on the far side of the pitch when his number went up on the board, he exited play in front of the Sandy Jardine stand.

The Romania international got a great reception as he walked around the outside of the pitch and he made a stop on his way to the bench.

Hagi gave his shirt to a delighted young fan in the Copland Front.

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Rangers fans have raved about Ianis Hagi for his gesture during the Brondby game. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When asked about the gesture during the post-match press conference, he said: “I know what it means to a kid, I was the same and I love this sport. I feel it every day with the fans here at Rangers. It’s why I give 100% here every day. I love to be here” [RangersTV].

The 23-year-old was already immensely popular with the Gers fanbase but this gesture earned him special praise on social media.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

 

In other news, Steven Gerrard labelled a Rangers player ‘outstanding’ against Brondby.

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