Ianis Hagi has been the centre of attention lately. First the admittedly laughable MOTM award for maybe his worst Rangers performance to date, which included ‘that’ ill-advised rabona, then a post-match interview as aforementioned MOTM.
Others have focused on this interview, and expressed opinions critical of the Romanian for both his performance (fair) and his ego/attitude (not so much).
And it’s hard to agree with the general sentiment of the latter.
His apology was gracious, and he was right to provide one, and his post-match interview said little wrong.
He’s only 23 and we appreciate confidence and assurance, although the lad has to be careful not to cross into arrogance, not that we’d say he really has.
He’s had a great 2021, one of Rangers’ most consistent performers, and his attitude on the pitch has, until Saturday, been absolutely excellent. Never hiding, always working, and never complaining about rough treatment.
But he had a poor one that day at Ibrox, and his play was lacking, with his attitude a little indulgent.
Others have made critical reference to how he demanded to be played, and where he was best suited in the interview. This was a nonsense gripe. He was directly asked where he’s best and how he can affect the match better centrally. Equally it was informative, and we’ve seen players discuss many times where their best slot is – Aribo did it for Nigeria and Rangers, Lundstram did it in a presser when asked too.
But the better attitude is what Lunny also did in that same presser – said he’s happy to play where the manager wants him, and Calvin Bassey did the same – said he will play where duty calls.
Hagi is a little more focused and knows he can’t do much in his weaker slots.
Let’s not also forget the pressure on his shoulders. He has a legendary name to live up to, and there’s a tonne of expectation on him. He could be humble and quiet or he could be big and strong, and he’s going for the latter. Nothing wrong with self assurance.
He is a talented player, but Saturday wasn’t the best afternoon for him.
And that does happen. We just don’t know why supposed Rangers fans would attack him for an interview in which he didn’t really do anything wrong.
If you want to attack his display, feel free, but whining about comments that aren’t there is just picking on an easy target.