Steven Gerrard’s Hagi ‘problem’ gets ‘worse’…

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Different strokes for different folks?

We alluded to this earlier, and we have to admit our previous entry which talked about a ‘problem’ with Ianis Hagi hasn’t really been ‘helped’ by all this, but Steven Gerrard has a bit of a conundrum about what to do with his Romanian international.

Scenario:

Rangers have no one at all for the right wing slot, and used Scott Arfield, Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi there last season, despite none of them being comfortable there.

Gerrard himself admitted issues with getting the best out of Aribo and Arfield, and found himself puzzled as to what was the best setup.

Hagi, primarily, is an attacking midfielder – a 10. He plays advanced of the engine room and his style isn’t a million miles away from a Kaka-type, albeit with a touch less pace.

The problem for Hagi is Joe Aribo has suddenly exploded in that position, and is arguably currently Rangers’ best player on form.

So, Hagi has found himself wide in pre-season and v Aberdeen, and while he bagged some goals, it’s not seen the best of him.

But, now the issue is compounded – Steven Gerrard has signed Kemar Roofe, who, while best deployed centrally as a goal scorer, is also very capable on the right wing, and has played much of his career there. In fact, he’s played there more than any other position.

As such, given the outlay, it’s not unreasonable to assume Gerrard is going to select Roofe wide right and fellow new recruit Cedric Itten centrally as his primary go-to.

Which leaves a predicament for the Romanian. Attacking midfield is taken by Aribo, left wing by Kent, and right wing might now see Roofe.

In short, there’s no space for Hagi, apart from the rotational squad game that football is.

But of course that IS a huge caveat – as we say, it’s a squad game, and Gerrard will surely try different things this season if any plan A doesn’t work, and that will include Hagi getting chances we’re sure.

If Aribo, for example, loses form, Hagi can come in and grab that position for himself.

And he can be an impact sub on either wing as well.

So, it’s a great problem for Stevie to have, frankly. A bunch of high-quality attacking options and not enough spaces.

It’s the kind of problem Rangers deserve to have.