Glasgow Rangers man Ianis Hagi has not been included in Romania’s squad for the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this summer.
The Lowdown: Gers didn’t want Hagi at the Olympics
Hagi confirmed his desire to take part in the Olympics this summer (via Glasgow Live), but the Gers did not want him to go.
That would clash with the start of the Gers’ Champions League run, and given there was no obligation for the Gers to let him go, they decided to keep him at Ibrox.
The Latest: Confirmation
Now, Romania’s squad for the tournament has been confirmed, and Hagi’s name does not feature (frf.ro) with the Gers getting their way.
20 players have been selected – they will kick off against Honduras on July 22nd.
The Verdict: Disappointing for Hagi
Of course, Hagi will have been aware of the situation for quite a while, but that does not mean this will not come as a crushing blow for the young man having expressed his desire to join in.
The £5.85m-valued 22-year-old (Transfermarkt) has made it clear he wanted to represent his country, and to do so at the Olympics is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Should Hagi have been allowed to go to the Olympics?
It does at least illustrate however that Steven Gerrard sees Hagi as an important member of his squad – otherwise, he would not have fought so hard to keep him in Scotland at the start of the term. Now, the former Genk man must do all he can to make sure it was worth him staying with his club.
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