Germany requested a dossier on Rangers talent Ianis Hagi and within nine minutes in Hamburg the Romanian playmaker showed exactly why.
Hagi – unfazed by the scale of the task of facing one of Europe’s elite nations – dodged Antonio Rudiger, nutmegged him for good measure, held firm in a crowd and then fired it into the bottom corner of Marc Andre ter Stegen’s net.
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It was a wonderful goal, and whilst modesty and disappointment might’ve been the order of the day from Hagi himself after the eventual 2-1 loss, it highlighted one thing.
Rangers have a major talent on their hands.
Once touted as one of Europe’s wunderkinds, Hagi Jnr has had an unorthodox route to the big time in football but at Rangers he now has that springboard.
Failed jaunts to Serie A with Fiorentina and Belgium with Genk were more a resemblance of a wrong fit than any wrongdoing.
Still only 22, Hagi has developed under the tutelage of Gerrard and co with the weight of expectation at Ibrox clearly grabbing the attention of the attacking midfielder.
Hagi – to use the parlance of Ibrox – gets it. Not only that but his contribution has grown season on season (he was last season’s top Premiership assister) and many have him as their player of the season thus far.
Now taking the same responsibility for Romania as his famous father Gheorghe once did, this is an interesting juncture in the player’s career.
Despite his high assist rate last season Hagi was in and out of the team and in and out of form, with this campaign being the first that the player has emerged as a bonfide key first-teamer.
Rangers the place to be for Ibrox talent Ianis Hagi as £17m exit links and Germany dossier proves
There’s room to grow and before anything happens transferwise we expect some more iconic moments in the blue of Rangers,
But it’s not only the German FA who seemingly have an eye on the Romanian.
Ex-Dortmund star Marcel Raducanu – who made the revelation about the FA – touched on that reported £17m interest from AS Roma and Jose Mourinho [Sport].
The one-time Ballon d’Or nominee also claimed that he can see Hagi playing for “an important team in England or Italy” [Scottish Sun].
With the likes of Sevilla, AC Milan and even Bochum in Germany linked in the past, there should be no shortage of suitors.
But for now there’s no place like Ibrox for a player growing in stature and influence with every passing game.
Read more about what Ianis Hagi had to say regarding those exit links as the player was quizzed on the Roma interest in the press.