One of Ibrox Noise’s regular continental readers made his thoughts very clear last night, and we have to say while we agree with Steven Gerrard’s call on this one to a degree, it’s now noticeable that Ianis Hagi is not a major part of the tweak in formation Rangers have had the past few weeks.
While his stats do read a healthy 17 appearances this campaign, just lately he’s faded a bit from the first team picture, and despite Joe Aribo being unavailable last night, Hagi still couldn’t figure.
As regulars will know, we’ve described him as a lockpick – a very smart little player who can see things others can’t and thinks quicker than most.
But the downsides of his game centre on his modest pace and slender frame – just like at Genk, Hagi has not been a firm favourite this season, and has been rather in and out of the team, especially recently.
But it’s very telling that with the primary 10 unavailable, Hagi still wasn’t in his manager’s plans last night beyond bench depth.
Where does he go from here?
Hagi must bide his time. The regular reader argued Stevie should let him go if he’s not going to use him, but then the Romanian had the same problem in Belgium.
His problem is for all his talent, he doesn’t seem to have the fortitude to produce great performances on a regular basis. He can produce great moments, absolutely, but until he figures out how to stand out more rather than his gently subtle approach, we imagine he’ll find it hard to really assert himself on the team.
Fans do like Hagi, regulars to Ibrox Noise know we rate him highly.
We would just like to see Stevie figure out a way to use him to his maximum potential.
Still, the season is a marathon and not a sprint, and we’re sure the former Fiorentina man will find himself in the spotlight at some time.