According to a recent report by Italian publication La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Scottish giants Rangers are said to have completed the permanent acquisition of their Romanian international loan star Ianis Hagi. The report suggests that the Premiership outfit had to dish out in the region of €5m for the attacking midfielder’s services and that they had to fend off some competition from Serie A outfit Lazio as well.
It has been suggested that the youngster has been tied down to a long-term contract at the Ibrox, even though the club is yet to make any sort of official announcement on the matter. The midfielder linked up with Steven Gerrard’s side on a six-month loan with an option to buy back in January, and the Ibrox club seem to have exercised the possibility of keeping him at the club beyond the summer.
Rangers Reportedly Complete Ianis Hagi Signing: What Attributes Will He Bring To The Table?
The 21-year-old has made quite the impact since making the switch to Scotland in January, despite only playing in a total of seven Premiership matches. The youngster’s brightest moments in the light blue shirt came in the UEFA Europa League though, where he notched up two goals and an assist from just three outings. Capable of playing in the number ten slot or one of the wide positions based on the immediate requirement, Hagi could turn out to be a decent utility player for Gerrard going into next season as well.
Adept at getting past challenges with ease, Hagi offers excellent balance as well as composure when in possession. The youngster must be described as an expert at flicking the ball to a teammate first-time, as can be seen from the variety of tricks and flicks he brings out every time he steps out on to the pitch. While the Romanian’s dribbling it arguably his biggest selling point, it’s worth conceding that the youngster has quite a spectacular shot under his belt too.
Hagi’s performances at club level earned him a place in the Romanian National side as early as November 2018, since when he’s gone on to pick up a total of ten caps. Despite the Romanian having played just 12 fixtures for Rangers so far, the Ibrox faithful have undoubtedly taken to the midfielder’s talents. If the youngster has managed to make an impact like this is such a short duration of time, it’d be interesting to see what he can accomplish with a full season at the Glasgow club.
Rangers Reportedly Complete Ianis Hagi Signing: What Should The Ibrox Faithful Expect?
Gerrard’s team’s primary objective going into the next Premiership campaign will surely be to deny their Old Firm rivals Celtic a tenth consecutive league title. There’s no denying that the Gers are the only other side in the country who have the capability of trumping the Hoops to the top spot on the table next season. Hagi’s influence towards that cause could go a long way, as his creativity and sheer attacking flair could be too much for some of the other teams to deal with in the coming seasons. A title challenge is effectively assured from the Gers, and if they’re able to keep Hagi beyond the summer as well, their chances of succeeding would likely get boosted quite a bit.