Glasgow Rangers crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night, and many of the Gers supporters were shocked that Ianis Hagi was not given the chance to change the course of the match.
The Gers managed to pick up a 1-1 draw in Czechia against Slavia Prague in their round of 16 first-leg clash last week. As such, they would have been hopeful of getting the job done at Ibrox in the return fixture, but they were unable to do so in the end as they were defeated 2-0. Red cards for Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe only added to the disappointment on the night.
In the game last week, Hagi provided the assist for Filip Helander to equalise and net a vital away goal. However, Steven Gerrard chose not to start the £5.4m-valued Romania international (Transfermarkt) this time around, while he didn’t even introduce him as one of his five substitutes during the 90 minutes.
Should Hagi have played vs Slavia?
The Gers fans were far from happy with Gerrard’s decision, and they took to social media platform Twitter to share their thoughts.
Let’s see what the fans had to say about Gerrard’s Hagi decision below
“Think Gerrard will need to take some blame for tonight. No need to drop Helander and Aribo was poor in the first game so don’t know why Hagi was dropped.”
“It’s been a rare occurrence this season, but a Gerrard clanger tonight. Arfield shouldn’t have started and Roofe was never the right sub when Hagi is sitting there. Balogun always walking a tightrope, should have been subbed. Everything that could go wrong did.”
“Poor performance, deserved to lose. Substitions incredibly questionable. Wouldn’t surprise me if Hagi leaves in the summer as Gerrard seems to have something against him. Oh well. Into next season when we hear the champions league music back at Ibrox.”
“Gerrard got it wrong tonite. Why was Helander dropped? Why was Hagi no on at HT for Arfield? Balogun should’ve been hooked after tackle before he got his red. But hey ho a good run and 55s accomplished!”
“Just found out a bit at that level. Gerrard still learning. Not playing Helander & Hagi was criminal”
“Not sure but it 100% cost us IMO when you take into account Roofe come on, got sent off, left us exposed and Balogun got sent off too. Two big mistakes from Gerrard playing Balogun over Helander and putting on Roofe ahead of Hagi.”
In other news, Rangers are interested in this Championship forward.
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