Rangers’ Romanian star Ianis Hagi is interesting Spanish cracks Celta Vigo, following on from a few LaLiga sides monitoring the attacking midfielder, including Sevilla and Villarreal.
The latest information from Spain claims Vigo are looking to reimburse Rangers for the transfer fee, by offering what we paid Genk, which was £3M.
Hagi has fallen completely down Rangers’ pecking order, and while he’s getting some minutes from the bench, there is no pathway for him to Rangers’ first team with, currently, Todd Cantwell, Malik Tillman, Ryan Kent and Fashion Sakala to name just four options who are all miles ahead of him.
He is also deeply off match fitness and continues to look very rusty in his cameos.
With the intense surgery he had, it’s taken the edge off his already-limited pace, meaning Hagi is having to learn a new game that fits his body’s capabilities, and with Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe to return for pre-season, not to mention Alex Lowry and Scotty Arfield (if he signs a new deal) the Romanian will find his opportunities at Ibrox very limited indeed.
This one really would be best if he finds a new club, and if Rangers can secure a sale to Celta Vigo, or anyone else, at the price we paid if not more, it’s good business because the former Fiorentina playmaker’s future at Ibrox is currently a bit bleak and he and Rangers need to part company now.
Vigo? They’re midtable, and it would be a great move for him – one of the world’s best leagues, a very cushy wage, and while we’d say his best years are ahead of him, the injury he’s had has really derailed his career somewhat.
So if Rangers can sell him off for a good price, it’s very good business indeed, be it to Vigo or anyone else.
And while eagle-eyed punters noticed we mentioned Ryan Kent as a rival for the jersey, he’s going to be replaced anyway by someone else who will also be ahead of Hagi in the pecking order, so his exit doesn’t really help the Romanian.
More as we get it.