Rangers star Ianis Hagi changed the game after his introduction in the eventual 2-0 win over Livingston but the Lions were accused of being heavy-handed with the Romanian playmaker.

Hagi, 22, rolled a perfect cross into Kemar Roofe for the opening goal and brought a spark, enthusiasm and cleverness to Rangers which they’d been missing earlier in the match.

However, as the ball pinballed about the right-hand side of the pitch at the halfway line, Livingston defender James Penrice flew into a dangerous, full-bloodied challenge which wiped Ianis out.

The Livi left-back took nothing of the ball and the Ibrox crowd were furious as he sent Hagi flying into the air but the ball was played on through Joe Aribo.

Whilst the Gers almost scored, referee Don Robertson brought the play back and punished Penrice with a yellow card for what on closer inspection looked a red card challenge.


This is the second time at Ibrox this season Hagi has been subject to rough treatment after Adam Lewis injured the midfielder on the Scottish Premiership’s opening day.

Once again Hagi was hugely influential and scored as the Gers ran out 3-0 winners with Adam Lewis scything the attacking midfielder down and forcing him out of the early part of Rangers’ season.

After a Covid-19 diagnosis too Rangers fans are very wary of losing Ianis Hagi for an extended with many considering the player to be amongst the Gers’ top performers this season.

The Ibrox support have asked for the player to be afforded more protection as they criticise James Penrice and the decision by the referee:

It appears that the challenge didn’t disrupt Ianis Hagi too much and the attacking midfielder went on to see out the victory over Livingston.

The player was also singled out by supporters post-match for his contribution to the victory as Hagi continues to be lauded by fans.

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