Romanian journalist Victor Ciutacu has said that Glasgow Rangers player Ianis Hagi should change the name on the back of his shirt to avoid comparisons with his famous father Gheorghe.
Hagi should change shirt name
On paper, Hagi has not done too badly so far this campaign, managing two goals and eight assists in 21 matches in all competitions. However, he has not started any of the last five Premiership games, and was only included in the first XI in three of the Ibrox outfit’s six Europa League group games.
Speaking to GSP, Ciutacu said:
“It looks like Ianis has a problem. My opinion is that – and Gica [Gheorghe Hagi] will be upset –he should no longer write ‘Hagi’ on the back of his shirt, but ‘Ianis’. It’s a mental thing to stop being Hagi. I know it sounds bad, it’s a big name, but my opinion is that this crushes him in the first place.
“Then there’s the huge pressure of public opinion. Everyone expects Ianis to be at least Gica or close, but he’s not. He’s a talented intelligent footballer who does well with both legs, but at some point he has to get rid of the beautiful Hagi legacy and become Ianis. Until now, wherever he went, he was the son of Gica Hagi.”
Something in it
It may seem trivial, but Ciutacu does make a very good point. Gheorghe is arguably the greatest Romanian player of all time, turning out for the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Galatasaray. Along with Adrian Mutu, he is Romania’s top-ever goalscorer, while he also helped his country reach the World Cup quarter-finals in 1994.
Should Hagi change the name on the back of his shirt?
That is far too much for £4.05m-valued Ianis (Transfermarkt) to have live it up to, and it does appear to be an issue for him at times. Perhaps changing his name would allow him to rid himself of those shackles and start to forge his own path in the game without the shadow of his father hanging over him.
In other news, the cost of Rangers rise to the top has been revealed.
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