Hagi struggles as Romanian fails to shine under Gio

Hagi struggles as Romanian fails to shine under Gio
MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 17: Ianis Hagi of Rangers arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on January 17, 2021 in Motherwell, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around Scotland remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

Que sera.

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  1. A big letdown for me this season. Although I can’t really fault him for his endeavour and willingness to make things happen, he’s completely out of form and nowhere near where he was when he arrived. He may be playing out of his most comfortable central position, but that’s no reasonable explanation for why he keeps giving the ball away, miscontrolling it or firing it wide off target. Not sure he’s entirely happy in Scotland. The Hagi we’ve been seeing over the past few months wouldn’t be a huge loss and a move elsewhere could help him reignite his career, but would anyone be interested in signing him for a decent amount of money on his recent form?

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