It appears all is not well with Rangers’ Romanian Ianis Hagi, with reports now kicking in that not only was he set to join Aston Villa last January year, but that his father is deeply unhappy with the Romania snub. Add to that reported interest in him from a few Bundesliga sides, and we can’t help feeling that this is a sale we’d have no issue with.
Hagi is a mile behind in pace now, never being the quickest off the blocks in the first place, and the big strength he had, mental agility and the ability to pick locks has been completely usurped by a combination of Todd Cantwell and Malik Tillman.
In short, Hagi is a bit redundant at Ibrox now, and the reports about Villa’s move on him (when Steven Gerrard was manager in Birmingham, of course) do seem to suggest an unsettled player.
However, as we all know, he was inexplicably offered a new contract after the injury (which derailed said move down south, apparently) and a two-year one at that, and now some German sides are after him.
We don’t quite know what it is about the European press linking Rangers players with moves to Germany, first it was Ryan Jack and now Hagi, but there we have it.
Hagi’s position at Ibrox is absolutely crammed. Admittedly, not all of them are available, but he’s up against Cantwell, Tillman, Arfield, Lawrence and even Kemar Roofe. But Tillman and Cantwell, and Fashion Sakala to an extent, are all miles ahead of the Romanian so he’s going to find minutes hard to come by.
And the nature of that surgery/injury further reduced his pace, which was already his Achilles heel in the first place. Many believe the lack of it stopped him reaching the top of the game.
It’s a sale we’d be ok with, it’s not going to make a lot of difference to Rangers as a club and it would be much-needed funds for new investment in players this summer, something we absolutely need if we’re to close the gap on Celtic.
We’ll see if it happens.