Romanian icon Mircea Lucescu believes that Rangers star Ianis Hagi will become a “huge” name when he finally pulls the trigger “everyone is waiting for” and lives up to his potential.
The veteran Dinamo Kiev boss thinks that the Gers star will live up to the constant “burden” of being compared to his superstar dad, Gheorghe, and confessed that he tried to sign Ianis but was priced out of a move.
Lucescu managed Hagi Sr. at Real Madrid and “humiliated” the midfield maestro, taking credit for his stunning performances at the 1994 World Cup in America.
“You can rest assured that Ianis will pull the trigger that everyone is waiting for and becoming huge,” Lucescu said [Daily Record].
“He bears the immense burden of his name. I had the same situation with my son, Razvan and that’s why I wanted him to be a keeper so he wouldn’t constantly be compared with me.
“Ianis needed a manager like me earlier in his career who knew how to work with young talent like him.
“I tried to sign him, but he was too expensive and I couldn’t afford him.
“Let’s not forget that his father Gheorghe Hagi’s performances for Romania in the USA World Cup were down to me.
“I took him to Brescia from Real Madrid and I humiliated him. I called him fat and relegated him to the reserves to see if his pride would accept it.
“And the results were his performances in America.”
Hagi has returned to form recently for the Light Blues and has been one of the most important attacking players for Steven Gerrard’s side this season.
The Ibrox star is seemingly a constant topic of discussion in his homeland and it is clear to see the pressure he is under to live up to his dad’s reputation.
The 22-year-old has shown why he has his own burgeoning reputation though and, as he enters his peak years, he is destined for the top level – whether with Rangers or elsewhere.
Hagi was recently linked with a move away from Ibrox with the Bundesliga reported to be his future destination