When Ianis Hagi scored a stunning goal in midweek v St Johnstone, it only rammed home just what a talent Rangers really have here, and only compounded the interest teams like Lazio and Real Madrid have shown in his services.
Hagi is a truly outstanding player, with an assist level among the best in the league and as regular Ibrox Noise readers will know, we’ve described him as a ‘lockpick’ who sees things others can’t and can open up tight defences.
His intelligence is an absolute asset to the side, and the fact he can score too only enhances his qualities.
It would also not be an unfair observation to say he’s been one of Rangers’ best performers the past two months.
Is he flashy and exciting? Will he beat 50 men and ping it in the top corner? No, probably not (much anyway, look at midweek), but what he is is brave, inspired, hard-working and he tries.
He makes up for his slender frame and slight lack of pace with intelligent deployment of what he does have.
And of course his name means there’s added expectation on him – in his defence, he’s literally a lad, very young at just 22, and he’s got a tonne of time on his hand to nurture and develop, but he’s going the right way.
Ibrox Noise (and we’re sure other Rangers channels) has had massively-increased audience from eastern Europe thanks to his arrival, and our new audience is keen to follow his fortunes.
And given the interest from huge teams in Europe like the best of Serie A and La Liga, there’s no denying he’s a player that many admire, monitor, and are aware of.
His name, his stats and the teams that are interested in him alone make his value sky high now, and Rangers did a stellar job getting him for just £3M.
Rangers have an increasingly-lucrative asset on our hands, and he’s only going to get better.