Hagi exclusion mystery as Romanian returns to Ibrox

Hagi exclusion mystery as Romanian returns to Ibrox
Rangers' Romanian midfielder Ianis Hagi reacts to missing a chance to score a goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match between SC Braga and Rangers at the Municipal stadium in Braga on February 26, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

Mystery surrounds Ianis Hagi’s absence from the Romanian Olympic squad after the former Genk man pled with Rangers earlier this year to give him permission to attend Tokyo rather than Rangers’ Champions League qualifiers.

The 22-year old begged Steven Gerrard earlier this year to free him so he could represent his country at the delayed Olympics, but his name’s absence from the Romanian 22 to go to Japan is rather telling.

Indeed, Romania’s FA produced a statement condemning a couple of clubs (Cluj and Reading) for not freeing their talent, but notably excluded Rangers from this comment suggesting in fact it’s Hagi himself who withdrew and not Rangers who held him back.

The Romanian’s social media postings have been positive and seem content with life back at Auchenhowie, and his attitude doesn’t look in any way dampened by any ‘ban’, so either he’s accepted the rejection with grace, or he himself changed his mind and decided to prioritise Rangers.

We’ll probably never know.

But it means Stevie has more depth come the qualifiers.

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  1. It’s a gutter for the lad that he can’t go but with our situation of missing a few players we simply can’t afford to let him go. Good to see that he is back looking as determined as ever.

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