Ianis Hagi’s concession this morning that he wants nothing to do with Rangers’ Champions League qualifiers and is prioritising his country’s participation in this summer’s Olympics instead is sure to ruffle a few feathers.
On one hand this is the first CL Rangers have been near in a decade, and it’s everything to our club.
On the other, representing your nation at a major summer event is a big deal.
At least, it is when it’s the Euros or the World Cup.
Romania didn’t get to the Euros, and this is their big event of the summer instead – 16 nations made it to the Olympics, and Great Britain weren’t one of them. But then neither were Italy or world cup finalists Croatia.
How do we feel about his choice?
Well we certainly understand the desire to represent your country at big tournaments, but the Olympics is not a big tournament in football. Meanwhile the CL is basically, alongside the World Cup, the biggest tournament in football.
And Rangers’ participation in it at last after 10 years is colossal.
We see it from both sides – he wants to play for his country, but equally Covid has nothing to do with this dilemma – Olympics usually start at this point in the summer whatever year they’re held, and the CL qualifiers do usually clash.
End of the day, Hagi has chosen his country over his club – Olympics over the CL.
It’s up to you what you think of that.