Rangers star Ianis Hagi cut a frustrated figure in the Ibrox side’s 1-0 defeat of Dundee United, with the player’s post-match positional complaints not sitting right with some fans.
But whilst the 23-year-old Romanian international didn’t quite get going in the clash with the Arabs, Ianis is never one to hide and continues to dig in for the team when it’s not his day.
🎙️ PRESS CONFERENCE: Ianis Hagi spoke to the media after today's victory against Dundee United. pic.twitter.com/8winVLblrC
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) December 18, 2021
Signed by Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard during the ex-Anfield man’s tenure at Ibrox, like everyone in the squad there were fears that Stevie G’s exit could’ve had Ianis reassessing his Rangers career.
But according to the player’s legendary father Gheorghe Hagi – who turned for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Galatasaray – Ianis Hagi is going nowhere.
Rangers boost as Gheorghe Hagi confirms Ianis is “staying” at Ibrox
As quoted by Romanian football journalist Emanuel Rosu, Ianis Hagi said:
“I’m going to Ianis (at Christmas), I can’t wait to see him. He’s staying with Rangers, he loves it there.”
— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) December 20, 2021
These comments come amid several high-profile Rangers exit links surrounding Romanian international Ianis Hagi.
Italian giants AS Roma have been linked extensively in Romania with a £17m move as the Rangers star is tipped to link up with Jose Mourinho.
The most recent side to be linked to Ianis is also father Gheorghe Hagi’s former side Galatasaray.
Reports coming out of Turkey suggested the legendary Istanbul club were lining up a move for the attacking midfielder in what would’ve been something of a spiritual homecoming.
But according to father Gheorghe, Ianis Hagi loves it at Rangers and is staying with the club as the Gers mount an assault on title number 56.
Rangers star Ianis Hagi admits one day he wants Galatasaray move
Not that midfielder would never consider a return to Galatasaray for a spell with the team he supported as a child.
Ianis Hagi: "One day, I'd like to play for Galatasaray. It's a club I love, I grew up with that club in my heart. I was born there. I don't know what future holds, but i have feelings for that club!" #galatasaray #iloveyouhagi
— Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) May 24, 2021
“I am with a fabulous club (Rangers), the best place where I can be in right now,” said Ianis [Emanuel Rosu].
“The mentality and the aura of this club are huge.
“One day, I’d like to play for Galatasaray. It’s a club I love, I grew up with that club in my heart. I was born there. I don’t know what future holds, but I have feelings for that club!”
Meanwhile, Rangers have been handed a UEFA fine as the behaviour of the club’s fans comes under the microscope.