Gheorghe Hagi – the legendary father of Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi – is set to take over at the club he first played for and join forces with the side he owns in a city-shaking merger.

Hagi Snr is Romania’s greatest ever footballing export and started his career with Romanian side FC Farul Constanța back in the 80s.

Gent v FC Viitorul Constanta - UEFA Europa League

Manager and founder of Viitorul Constanța and father of Rangers star Ianis, Gheorghe Hagi is set to oversee a merger with the club’s city rivals. (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

They are one of Romania’s oldest football clubs having been formed in 1920 and currently play in the second tier of the country’s footballing pyramid.

Hagi – who would go on to have a glittering career with the likes of CSA Steaua București, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Galatasary – would form a team in the same city in 2009.

Viitorul Constanța were founded by the legendary attacking midfielder and this was even the club that Rangers star Ianis made his debut with as a 16-year-old in 2014.

Now, with Viitorul manager Hagi ready to take over at Farul according to trusted Romanian football source Emmanuel Rosu, the two clubs are set to merge.

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The idea is to provide one major football club for the people of the city in a merger which could have monumental implications for the town of Constanța.

“The management of FC Viitorul Constanța gladly received the idea of ​​forming a single football team that would represent all the people of Constanța,” reads a Viitorul Constanța statement.

“We agree to have one team, one love for all Dobrogea fans.

“We want to become the best, and to achieve this goal we need this team to be supported by all the people of Constanta, leaders, officials and supporters.”

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Rangers star Ianis Hagi wound up the Scottish Premierships top assister this season with 12. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst we wish Mr Hagi all the best in the future, this certainly isn’t a route that Rangers and Celtic fans would ever want to go down, even if the situation is sizably different!

Hagi Jnr meanwhile remains one of Rangers’ biggest assets and one killer star proves that even reported £11m interest may not be enough to see him move on.

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