Spiteful hate-filled media attacks on Rangers man must stop

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 26: Ianis Hagi of Rangers celebrates after scoring their team's first goal with teammates during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on December 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. The match will be played without fans, behind closed doors as a Covid-19 precaution. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Some of the strangest commentary we’ve been seeing in the media, both Scottish and global, is the spite-filled hate attacks centred on Ianis Hagi, from football legends and countrymen alike.

We’re astonished to see this vitriol being published, being encouraged, and even existing in the first place, and we couldn’t be more pleased it’s having the opposite effect to what it was designed to.

First there was Rivaldo, who inexplicably got involved and encouraged Hagi to leave Rangers. In fairness to him he was suggesting the kid can actually play, and it was a comment designed to say there’s more coming from him. It was a gentle attack on Rangers, and in fairness again, the lad has played since then.

However, Marcelo Puscas’ comments were bile. Poison:

“Ianis a talented kid born, formed, to be the number 10. He was raised, despite certain qualities, in the subjective test tube of his own parents. It is the fate of many young Romanians. Parents want to find themselves in the child’s talent. In the case of Ianis, Gheorghe saw him as a born number 10. It’s just in his dad’s movie. He formed and raised him in this spirit of Hagi, he failed, and he will fail again. Ianis will not be able to play anywhere else. Neither in FCSB, Craiova or CFR Cluj. Maybe only on his father’s team, where he only plays and he needs 10 more colleagues. Ianis needs a father’s club, a club just for him. Nothing more. Sorry, Gica, that’s the reality. Wake up!”

This is downright nasty stuff, and it’s rare we see this level of hate-filled nonsense in the media, but there you have it.

Hagi is of course starting, in the last few games, to make himself heard again. After such a strong February and March, the young Romanian faded this season and struggled with the new system.

But he’s learning it, and was the big match winner v Hibs and had a fine couple of matches demonstrating he’s not finished.

But quite why these seniors of the game, legends of the game are getting involved and making such bizarre comments on him we couldn’t really tell you.