Steven Gerrard has said that he will push Glasgow Rangers’ Ianis Hagi so that he does not have an easy ride at the club.
The Gers signed Hagi for £3m from Genk earlier this summer after he impressed during a loan spell in which he scored three goals in 12 games last term. However, since making the permanent switch to Ibrox, he has struggled to show that same form, receiving criticism from some parts.
Speaking prior to the 54-time Scottish champions’ match against Lincoln Red Imps in the Europa League on Thursday, Gerrard said about the 21-year-old:
“Different players take different times to get up to speed. But he’s certainly looking close to what we saw at the back end of last season before Covid kicked in, which is great to see because when he’s at his best, he’s certainly a big help to the team.
“He does thrive on big European nights but I want him to thrive on every game. I want him to be consistent. When you’re a young player and you’re growing and evolving, then you have to strive for consistency.
“That is going to be Ianis’ biggest challenge but that’s why a club like Rangers is perfect for him because the supporters and staff will demand that from him.
“But that’s what he wants. The kid doesn’t want an easy ride. He wants to continue to be tested and pushed and he’s got that from me, don’t worry about that.”
Hagi has struggled to match the hype surrounding his signature so far. Having said that, more recently, there have been some more positive signs. He scored his first goal of the season against Hamilton, whilst he also provided two assists against Dundee United in the last match.
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There is surely plenty more to come from the £4.05m-valued Romania international (as per Transfermarkt) though – which is why it is great news to hear that Gerrard will push Hagi as much as he can. In the end, it could pay dividends.
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