Rangers star Ianis Hagi makes a “proud” return to the Romania reckoning just weeks on from leaving Ibrox on loan for Spanish side Alaves.

The 24-year-old Romanian playmaker played 72 minutes for his country in the 2-0 European Championship Qualifying victory over Kosovo in Bucharest.

It’s the first time Ianis Hagi has started for Romania since November 2021 and the Rangers loanee got emotional about it on social media after the game.

In a post on Instagram, Ianis Hagi said:

“I feel proud to have returned to the National Arena after a very long time and to have put on the Romania shirt in an important victory, with an almost full stadium next to it.

“We feel that we are one step closer to the Euro and we know what we have to do to get out of the next ‘double’, which will be played in October.

“Come on, Romania!”

TSG Hoffenheim v Rangers - Pre-Season Friendly
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Romania star Ianis Hagi not looking back after Rangers exit

The return to the Romania starting lineup marks a sizeable upturn in Ianis Hagi’s fortunes since he left Rangers on loan for Alaves.

Having already turned out for the Spanish side, there are high hopes for the attacking midfielder in Spain and Romania star Ianis Hagi has been talking up La Liga in a recent interview.

Claiming he’s buzzing to be playing in what he believes is the best league in the world, the comments suggest the last little while at Ibrox for the midfielder has been a misery.

“I have reached the best championship in the world. Not the richest, but where the most beautiful football in the world is played,” Hagi smiles, speaking to Romanian publication AS.

Romania v Kosovo: Group I - UEFA EURO 2024 European Qualifiers
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“Spain won both women’s and men’s events (in international football). I have reached the league where I wanted to play as a small child, where the ball (can be) at my feet.

“I can’t wait to get back to Spain, to play again. You saw on the field what motivation I have, but also the ambition to demonstrate (my talents).”

Rangers still hold the aces when it comes to Ianis Hagi given he’s only on loan at Alaves, but it sounds to us like the Romania star is in no rush to come back.

He’s not the only international footballer whose left the stink hanging around Rangers and gone onto better things recently either.

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