Rangers star Ianis Hagi should stop using his surname on his shirt before the pressure of being compared to his iconic dad, Gheorghe, “crushes him” – according to Romanian journalist Victor Ciutacu.
The 22-year-old bears his surname on the back of his shirt for club and country but Ciutacu thinks that leads to everyone expecting him to be just as good as the former Barcelona and Real Madrid star.
Until he makes the change, according to Ciutacu, he’ll only be known as his father’s son and the Rangers star was urged to forge his own “legacy” by ditching his famous surname.
“It looks like Ianis has a problem. My opinion is that – and Gica [Gheorghe Hagi] will be upset – he should no longer write ‘Hagi’ on the back of his shirt, but ‘Ianis’,” Ciutacu said. [GSP]
“It’s a mental thing to stop being Hagi. I know it sounds bad, it’s a big name, but my opinion is that this crushes him in the first place.
“Then there’s the huge pressure of public opinion. Everyone expects Ianis to be at least Gica or close, but he’s not. He’s a talented intelligent footballer who does well with both legs, but at some point he has to get rid of the beautiful Hagi legacy and become Ianis.
“Until now, wherever he went, he was the son of Gica Hagi.”
Hagi scored his second goal of the season in the Europa League win over Lech Poznan, and has eight assists to his name, but has found minutes hard to come by in the Rangers side recently.
He’s started most games on the bench over the last month or two and has had to rely on brief cameos from the bench to try and impress Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff.
While Ciutaca might want Ianis to ditch his famous surname – legendary midfielder Gheorghe has previously described Rangers as the “ideal club” for his son.