Former Rangers man Dorin Goian believes that Ianis Hagi will extend his stay with the club beyond his loan spell.
The Swiss-born attacker joined the Glasgow outfit in the January transfer window on a temporary deal from Belgian outfit Genk.
The Romania international claimed that he was happy the youngster has managed to settle into life at Ibrox and that the side needed players like the 21-year-old. He said: “I’m really happy for Ianis and I glad he’s easily adapted to playing for Rangers.
“Rangers needed a player like Ianis. Scottish football is based on strength and commitment, but you need someone who can make a difference in the game through skill. I still follow Rangers and I saw how he changed their games against Hibs and Braga recently.
“Ianis loves Rangers and playing at Ibrox. If he trusts his own talent and his potential, he will win the heart of the Rangers supporters, which is not easy. It all depends on him which path he takes, but I am sure it will be at Rangers.” (Source: Daily Record)
You would hope Goian is right and that Steven Gerrard’s club can hold off other teams to keep a hold of the player. Hagi has been nothing short of sensational since he moved to the club in the winter, notching up three goals and two assists in just 11 games across all competitions.
However, it’s the manner of his displays, which would have really caught the eye of decision-makers at Ibrox. In the Europa League tie with Braga, the £4.5m, as per Transfermarkt, Genk loanee came off the bench in the second half and dominated the attacking play for Gers. Hagi played the most key passes, had the second-most shots on goal and was the joint-second most fouled player for his side, as per WhoScored.
If that’s not enough, he’s also scored the winning goals in the Scottish Premiership wins over Hibernian and Livingstone, showing his ability to step up in crucial moments.
Goian’s adamance that Hagi will sign for the club bodes well for all concerned. He has been a crucial figure since his arrival and retaining him amid interest from European outfits like Lazio will be key if the side hope to remain competitive for next year.
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