Aged just 22, Ianis Hagi already understands what it takes to be a Ranger after the Romanian star revealed that the mentality on his part is ‘win at all costs’.
Speaking in the pre-Livi presser, the former Genk and Fiorentina man, who is interesting Lazio and Real Madrid, was keen to point out that while some matches will be flying and Rangers will play dazzling or ‘red hot’ as he put it, there will always be times where a drab 1-0 happens too.
And that’s fine, because, as Hagi emphasised, it’s all about winning.
And it really is.
The Romanian, the youngest senior regular in the main squad, already grasps the importance of success and of winning and of how critical getting the three points is, and it’s not hard to see why.
Raised in a household with a legendary father who played for the likes of Steaua, Real and Barcelona, Hagi junior learned very young that winning mattered, that the 3 points was what counted.
While playing well is also desirable, it’s better to win ugly than lose pretty.
That a youngster like Hagi has this pure win mentality bred into him, and grasps it this firmly, shows just what it takes to be a Ranger.
Thankfully this season the majority of players seem finally to have grasped the same importance, but it’s telling that a player bred in a house of a champion player himself clearly understands the vital nature of winning more than most.
Hagi is a born winner. He already has some cup medals and has held cup trophies in his homeland not to mention Belgium. And now he’s going to have a championship trophy and medal to add to the collection.
We suspect this one will mean more than most to him.