Rangers star Ianis Hagi’s confidence will be boosted by being dropped to Romania’s under-21 side – according to under-21s boss Adrian Mutu.
Hagi has been out of the Rangers starting XI in recent games and Mutu thinks stepping down from the senior international side will help him, and ultimately benefit the Light Blues.
Mutu admitted that the Rangers number 7’s confidence has taken a hit recently but tipped him to bounce back this week when he reports for international duty.
“Ianis’ confidence has been affected and he has not been starting so much for Rangers in the past few weeks either,” Mutu said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“I will speak to him and I am sure playing for the 21s again will give his confidence a big boost.
“I know exactly what Ianis is capable of and for me to have him in my squad is a good thing. He will be able to help the rest of the players enormously.
“With lanis, I’ve known him from a young age and he is the perfect professional.
“If he plays well against Denmark, both the national team and Rangers will benefit from it.
“For sure he will be 100 per cent ready and motivated to play for us.”
Hagi has 14 full caps for Romania but the move back to the 21s might actually be really beneficial for him with the expectation as one of the senior players.
Despite coming out of the starting XI at Ibrox in recent weeks, the Rangers star still has more assists than any other player in the league and has been a valuable part of Steven Gerrard’s side this season.
Hopefully he can return to Ibrox with a bit more confidence and return to the sort of form he showed earlier in the campaign.