Rangers boss Michael Beale has refuted reports that Romanian playmaker Ianis Hagi is readying a move to Israel.

Heading into the weekend’s Premiership clash with Ross County, reports originating in Turkey had claimed Maccabi Haifa had made a bid for Ianis Hagi.

Whilst the fee was originally said to be £3m, the Daily Record later suggested the deal could reach as much as £4.7m.

The links to Israel come amid much speculation surrounding the future of Ianis Hagi, who has publicly stated his frustrations at a lack of game time in Govan.

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Couple this with Michael Beale claiming that there have been “background” discussions regarding an exit before the transfer window closes and the Ianis Hagi links to Israel appeared to have substance.

But speaking to Sky Sports following the 2-0 victory over the Staggies, the Rangers manager claims that is not the case as he provided a wider transfer update on the squad.

“There’s nothing on that (Ianis Hagi to Israel),” said Michael Beale.

“We’ve got a really big squad so naturally I think one or two might look to go and get some football.

“Whether that’s one or two of the younger ones and obviously it’s been reported that Glen might move, who’s not been involved with the team.

“And obviously Ianis (Hagi) we’ve been speaking about. He missed out on the squad today along with Kieran Dowell. Kieran had a slight knock.

“As the week goes something could happen but as it stands for now it’ll be more outs than ins.”

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Rangers signed Ianis Hagi for a reported fee of £3m in 2020, the Romanian international originally joining the club on loan from Belgian side KRC Genk.

Whilst the 24-year-old has been an important player for Rangers in recent seasons, a devastating ACL injury has massively disrupted the last few years of his career.

Israel now appears an unlikely destination for Ianis Hagi but as he looks to get his promising career back on track, a Rangers exit appears likely nonetheless.

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