Strange foreign press narrative about £3m-rated Rangers star reeks of ignorance
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Strange foreign press narrative about £3m Rangers star reeks of ignorance

Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi is having a torrid time of it – if you’re to believe the foreign press at least.

The 21-year-old playmaker is very highly thought of at Ibrox and yet there appear to be stories constantly popping up about the player not getting game time or needing to move.

Rangers star Hagi has made 21 appearances in total for the Gers this season, scoring twice and laying on eight goals. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A £3m summer signing, Rangers very much value the input of the creative Romanian wonderkid but given Hagi’s namesake, he is held to a considerably higher standard by the press in his homeland.


Gheorghe Hagi is widely considered Romania’s greatest ever footballer and is the joint-top goalscorer for the country with Adrian Mutu (35).

Playing for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Galatasaray, he remains a footballing icon in the east and as a result, his son is held to a similar standard.

But it’s not always fair.

The latest name to comment on Hagi’s situation at Rangers is Brazilian football legend Rivaldo, who claimed the player should move on in search of first-team football.

Rivaldo also claimed the move should be orchestrated by his agent and his father; something which is considerably ignorant when you consider Gheorghe praised his move to Ibrox only last month.

Amid complaints about Romania manager Mirel Radoi following a 4-0 hammering of Norway, Hagi was also dropped down to the U21 squad.

Radoi has since explained his decision and maintains he holds no hard feelings against the midfielder [] and kept the door open for his return to the top team.

Rangers star Ianis Hagi has made 14 appearances for the Romanian national team but is yet to score a goal for his country. (Photo by Alex Nicodim/MB Media/Getty Images)

But this hasn’t stopped the press in his homeland gunning for the kid, the likes of Playtech claiming the midfielder is “going through a difficult moment in his career”.

That report also pointed to a lack of game time at Ibrox but this impression which the foreign press is desperate to drum up about Hagi isn’t in line with the views held at Ibrox.

Hagi is still a young player and started the season on decent form, with the midfielder being kept out of the starting XI due to the form of the likes of Scott Arfield.

The midfielder still very much has a role to play and the narrative concerning his status at Rangers is a complex one probably steeped in his father’s prestige and the fact he’s been a pro player since his mid-teens.

Rangers star Ianis Hagi appears to get a raw deal in the foreign press. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Rangers is very much the place for Hagi to develop as the club look to get the most out of the player for both himself and Rangers – this suggestion otherwise is one which reeks of ignorance around the player’s present situation.

Hagi has also been linked with a move out of Ibrox with Serie A and La Liga clubs linked with a January move for the Romanian playmaker.

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