Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that Ianis Hagi’s injury picked up in the 3-0 win over Livingston this afternoon “isn’t too serious” as the Romanian looks at a spell on the sidelines early in the new season.
Hagi was forced off 31 minutes into the win over Livi having opened the scoring for Rangers with eight minutes played.
GOAL | Rangers 1-0 Livingston
Ianis Hagi gives the champions the perfect start at Ibrox after just seven minutes!
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— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) July 31, 2021
Gerrard insists that the Ibrox number 7 is “going to be important” this season and with the Light Blues facing a Champions League qualifier on Tuesday night, Gerrard hopes his medical staff can “pull a rabbit out of the hat,”
“It’s never helpful to lose a player that early, especially when you only have three subs. Last year you probably get away with that a bit more because you have the extra couple of subs,” Gerrard said [Sky Sports]
“He scored a massive goal for us to get us up-and-running and hopefully the kick isn’t too serious. He’s a bit sore now but it shouldn’t keep him out for too long.
“Potentially, but we’ve got good physios here and good doctors so hopefully they can pull a rabbit out of the hat and get him ready because he’s going to be important for us.”
Hagi was bright in the early stages before the shocking challenge from Livi’s Adam Lewis that ended his afternoon prematurely.
With Kemar Roofe already suspended for the Malmo game, losing Hagi too would be a big blow for Rangers – although with Scott Wright impressing after coming off the bench, the former Aberdeen star is likely to come into the starting XI to replace Hagi.
Gerrard thinks the winger could have started against Livingston today and thinks the wideman “got his rewards” after netting Rangers’ second goal of the afternoon with a delightful finish, adding: “Scott could have started today. His performances in pre-season have been outstanding, we’re walking on him a lot in the final third in terms of getting numbers into his game.
“He came on today and was a right bright spark, he was full of energy and sees a pass. He’s always looking forward and looking to penetrate. He’s quick and he got his rewards from another strong performance. He’s in my thinking for Tuesday night now.”