As Rangers dropped points in a stuffy away day at Livingston, Romanian “wonderkid” Ianis Hagi was once again posted missing.
Too often this season already the £3m summer signing has been posted missing and the 21-year-old attacking midfielder has seen games pass him by.
Uninventive and uninspired, Hagi was hooked around the hour mark with his replacement Kemar Roofe still visibly lacking match sharpness.
It’s been a disappointing start to the campaign for the highly-rated midfielder who has yet to find his feet and form in Scotland as a whole.
Preferring to be optimistic, Hagi must use this period as a steep learning curve because there is surely only a few more games left for him to perform like that before he is dropped.
There isn’t a Gers fan out there who isn’t willing the player to hit the ground running for the Rangers but too often the midfielder is being shown up as one of the side’s weak links.
We’re being told that Hagi has a moment of magic, a flash of brilliance, but Braga and that late Hibs winner aside, it is too few and far between.
The pace of the match in Scotland seems to unsettle the attacking midfielder and Hagi seems to want too much time on the ball.
The former Fiorentina and Genk man is yet to register a single goal or assist this season despite starting every single match barring the return in Leverkusen.
It’s not been good enough and whilst the draw with Livingston was the first blip in the road for Rangers this season, Hagi’s performances have come under increasing scrutiny even when we’ve been winning.
Rangers fans are demanding more from the Romanian and want to start seeing something from the player which is worth the hype:
I’ll say it again Hagi needs to be out the team for a wee bit
— ⓌⓈ (@W_S_39) August 16, 2020
Hagi needs dropped imo. Surely someone else is dying for game time
— Self-Isolating Ryan Jack (@RampantRyanJack) August 16, 2020
Get hagi aff! Been a passenger imo for a few weeks now 🤦🏻♂️
— S A Y E R S (@sayersy1872) August 16, 2020
Badly missing Aribo. Kent and Hagi need to step up, not good enough
— Ben 🇬🇧 (@BR1872_) August 16, 2020
Said when we signed hagi he had to play as a 10, absolutely wasted anywhere else for me, 10 is his position
— Boabdee112 (@Dixxy1872) August 16, 2020
Hagi shocking a poor team performance not enough pace in team need to up it big time
— Rangers Bears (@BearsRangers) August 16, 2020
There isn’t much debate to be had re hagi. He hasn’t played well at all since day one. That’s the fact of it. Onto next week to prove us all wrong
— Logie (@legendsofibrox) August 16, 2020
Hagi is a mile off the pace today
— Alex Armstrong (@Lex_2893) August 16, 2020
With the squad SG now has at his disposal it would be verging on criminal if Hagi was to start our next game – Kris Boyd correct in his post match summation- "He didn't look interested "
— D'Artagnan (@4thProtocol) August 16, 2020
Hagi will need to get used to Scottish football quick. He has been exceptional on the European stage but doesn’t seem to like getting rouged up in Scotland. Hopefully soon, he can be the player we need to unlock stubborn defences. Currently he is more suited in European games. pic.twitter.com/R9xyL33EZV
— Rangers FC & Linfield FC (@bluesbrothers86) August 16, 2020
Genuine question, why does Hagi get such a free ride? He’s been anonymous for the last three games. All while many will tell you he’s a match winner. I think the kid has talent but I don’t see it enough.
— Derek Johnston 🥉 (@AlwaysRangers) August 16, 2020
Hagi needs taken out of side for his own good. That central midfield needs changed. We need to get the Morelos debacle sorted. But the overall tempo of our play has to improve. People need to start taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Not. Good. Enough. Tick Tock Gaffer.
— BMC Rangers Rants (@BMCRangersRants) August 16, 2020
I mind seeing @4ladshadadream saying we should give Hagi time & I'm absolutely trying to but I'm going to make a prediction & say the Scottish game will just be too quick for him. He's really struggled in all 4 games for me.
Buzzing for him to prove me wrong though 💙
— Rangers Daft 🍊 (@RangersDaft55) August 16, 2020
Yeah yet I'm seeing Kent get pelters. Quite concerned with Hagi, maybe he will just take time.
— Rangers Bantz (@RangersBanter17) August 16, 2020
The one saving grace is that with Hagi being so young, he has time to develop and settle into the Scottish game.
But with Rangers fans desperate to lift silverware this season – do we have the time for the midfielder to work through these anonymous performances?