Glasgow Rangers have been dealt a big blow as Ianis Hagi is now likely to miss their next two games.
The Lowdown: International break
Hagi was called up to the Romania squad for their FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Liechtenstein and North Macedonia.
Should Hagi start for Rangers?
He certainly caught the eye against the former, grabbing himself an assist, as well as winning five of his duels and recording three successful dribbles and three key passes (Sofascore).
The Latest: Hagi illness
As quoted by The Daily Record, the Romanian FA have now revealed that Hagi has returned a positive Covid test, and as a result missed their clash with North Macedonia:
“Today (Tuesday) around noon, Ianis Hagi complained of slight headaches in the Skopje national team’s camp.
“He performed a quick test under the coordination of the medical staff of the national team and the result is positive.
“The player immediately went into isolation. Until today, on the occasion of this action of the national team, Ianis had performed 5 Covid tests, all with a negative result.”
It also means that he is now likely to miss the Light Blues’ next two games against St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership and Lyon in the UEFA Europa League respectively.
The Verdict: Blow
It is certainly a huge blow for Steven Gerrard to now lose one of their key players in Hagi for their next two fixtures, especially against Lyon.
The Liverpool and England legend would have wanted to get off to a good start in the Europa League, but it looks like they will have to try and do it without the 22-year-old.
Dubbed ‘brilliant‘ by Gerrard after his impressive performance in their 1-0 home win over Alashkert earlier on in the season, Hagi has certainly been playing well so far this season, scoring two goals and making one assist in six appearances in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, the Ibrox faithful will have to find another source of creativity for the next week or so.
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