We’ve waxed lyrical about the multitude of players who’ve benefited from GVB, who’ve seen a completely contrast to their SG form since the Dutchman came in, but the one exception who has seen no boost at all is Romanian Ianis Hagi.
Marginally, we’d argue the former Fiorentina playmaker has seen a bit of a dip in form, and if we look at his stats this season, they’re very poor.
Ibrox Noise told you how Rangers have put a £12M pricetag on his head, and are open to the sale if a good offer comes in, well, if that offer does arrive, it’s one we’d suspect should be pounced upon now.
Hagi has 3 goals 4 assists in 25 appearances, compared with a healthy 15 assists last season and 8 goals in 45 outings.
In the league the Romanian is a mile off where he normally is, with just a single goal and single assist in 14 appearances, showing that the slump he’s been in for a while isn’t improving noticeably.
Gio has kept faith with him, using him more often than not, but his withdrawal on 67 minutes v St Mirren after another ineffectual display (albeit not the absolute farce that was his motm afternoon v Utd) highlighted the form struggles from the winger.
He says his position is central, and in most of Gio’s matches he’s been on the right, which isn’t his strong suit.
This is fair enough, but you have to adapt, and while Gio is all about round pegs in round holes, at the moment Rangers do not have a RW, so someone has to fill in there with Kemar Roofe out injured.
Hagi’s been getting that nod, and he’s been doing little with it.
He wasn’t sparkling under SG this season either, so we probably wouldn’t be heartbroken if he was indeed to move to pastures new.
With Joe Aribo the dominant AM at Ibrox, Hagi isn’t going to usurp him from that 10 slot, and he has to make do with being on the right.
Pity he’s the one guy who hasn’t really shone since Gio came in.