Hagi may find Rangers options limited as Gheorghe speaks up Spain move

Hagi may find Rangers options limited as Gheorghe speaks up Spain move
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 28: Ianis Hagi of Rangers is seen during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and St. Johnstone FC at on January 28, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

With his old man once again bumping his gums in the press, we do wonder what will happen now for Ianis Hagi now that Michael Beale has added Kieran Dowell to Rangers’ already-impressive depth in the 10 slot.

Currently, fitness aside, Rangers have a ridiculous number of options for behind the striker, with Hagi, Dowell, star man Todd Cantwell, Alex Lowry and the recovering Tom Lawrence.

Scott Arfield is the only player to have been ‘thinned’ from this area, but the club has a wealth of options here and the reality is we can’t keep them all.

Hagi senior clearly sees this too, and has offered yet more quotes to the press:

“He’s had a difficult year, but I’ve seen him doing well again in the last few months. He’s started to play again, he’s started some games at Rangers now and he’s feeling good. Hopefully, he can continue as he was before. I played in Spain for many years and hopefully, one day, Ianis can go too. He is happy at Rangers, but football in Spain would be good for him”.

But the truth is Hagi is kind of surplus now – Cantwell and Dowell are Rangers’ primary options for that area, with Tom Lawrence hopeful to play a big role too – Alex Lowry, we suspect, alongside the Romanian, is excess.

We don’t need more than three playmakers, and Hagi is low on the pecking order.

We suspect if Rangers can receive any decent bid on the former Gent man, it’ll be grabbed with both hands and he will move on; there are just too many players in that area and it needs thinned. Regardless of anyone agreeing or disagreeing with the exit of Arfield, he was another one filling that area and Beale is trying to trim it down.

There have been many links for Hagi, a lot of clubs were looking at him, but right now the stories have gone cold – unfortunately for the Romanian his return at Rangers didn’t go terribly well. He looked considerably off the pace, which is not shocking given his absence, and is one who will benefit from a full and proper preseason.

The question is will it be for Rangers?

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