Rangers host Hibernian tomorrow night in a categorical must-win match. A draw isn’t good enough, and the pressure is on to get the form back.
We’ve suggested a number of ways this can be done, but one of the most obvious is simply starting new signing Ianis Hagi.
Stevie confirmed the spark is missing right now, a spark he believes we can get back, but if there’s one way to add energy and vigour it’s by installing a livewire playmaker with legs to burn in attacking midfield.
We saw a promising start, albeit just 15 minutes, at the weekend, as the Romanian international tried to affect the match – he wasn’t able to, but while a slight risk is involved in starting him from the beginning, at the same time the lad is effectively match fit and could contribute significantly from the off.
The manager has confirmed Ryan Jack is still a little bit away, reducing the selection issues for now, and with Glen Kamara notably out of form at present, a Davis Arfield and Hagi midfield might be just the ticket to get the engine room going at last.
Hagi is well known for his energy, his running, his vision, his dribbling and his pace, and a respected Romanian journalist confirmed he’s wasted as anything else bar a 10.
Putting him at the top of midfield behind Alfredo Morelos is surely the right move forward, and we’d imagine his manager hasn’t exactly signed him to sit on the bench.
It could give Rangers the gumption tomorrow we need to spark 2020 back into life.