Frank McAvennie has slammed the behaviour of Glasgow Rangers’ Ianis Hagi and has urged Steven Gerrard to have a word with him.
The Lowdown: Hagi speaks out
Hagi has been linked with a move away from Sevilla and Lazio in recent weeks (via The Daily Record), with him recently admitting he would like to play for Galatasaray at some point in the future like his father Gheorghe did (via Emanuel Rosu).
He has also made it publicly clear he would like to go to the Olympics to represent Romania even though the Gers don’t want him to travel (via Glasgow Live).
The Latest: McAvennie slams Hagi
Speaking to Football Insider, McAvennie has slammed Hagi for speaking out. He said when asked whether Gerrard should talk to the former Genk man:
“Yes, he needs to.
“Sometimes, the press can catch the boy off guard and he might say something he doesn’t actually mean.
“But it seems to be every week the boy is talking about another club. Gerrard might have spoken to him already. It’s out of line.
“He’s not playing as much as his dad would like, that’s for sure. His dad is always off saying how good Ianis is.
“If anything, his dad is doing all of this for him. I don’t think Ianis needs to instigate a move.
“If he wants to move, I’m sure Gerrard would let him go. Especially if he’s going to keep talking out.
“You can’t have a player who is always publicly disagreeing with the club.”
The Verdict: Quiet word
It is hard to disagree with McAvennie – Hagi needs to think about what he is saying in public. Of course, the ties to Galatasaray are clear given his father’s links to the club, but he does not need to make it so abundantly clear he wants to play there – that shows a lack of disrespect to his current employers.
He may also want to play at the Olympics, but that would clash with huge Champions League qualifiers for Rangers, so the Gers have every right to stop him from travelling.
Will Hagi be at Rangers next season?
With 38 goals and 35 career assists to his name (Transfermarkt), the 22-year-old has shown he has talent, but it is still very early days. He should perhaps look to improve his game instead of courting controversy as he has done in recent weeks.
In other news, Kieran Maguire has made this Ibrox claim.
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