Israeli media have reported Rangers have received a £4M bid from Israeli giants Maccabi Tel Aviv for playmaker Ianis Hagi whose Ibrox career is over.
After some enquiries from the likes of Turkish side Trabzonspor in recent days, the Middle Eastern-based Tel Aviv, who are in this season’s Conference League, have offered a modest profit for Hagi who cost Rangers £3M from Belgian side Genk in summer 2020, having signed him on loan at the start of the year.
Hagi was given a new contract in December without Michael Beale’s consent, with the newly-appointed manager not considering him part of Rangers’ plans going forward and making moves to bring Todd Cantwell and Kieran Dowell to Ibrox instead.
As such, that foresight may just have earned Rangers a profit on the Romanian, a gamble which may have paid off, extending a valuable player’s contract despite his injury and giving him a lengthy deal, future proofing Rangers should any interest in him materialise.
In fairness, the Hagi name is a majorly lucrative moniker because of his father, so interest in Hagi junior was never going to be non-existent.
The question now Rangers sorting this deal out and selling Hagi to Israel (or anyone else who matches the club’s asking price which seems to be around the £4M-£5M mark) so we can all move on.
Do the fans agree? The Ibrox Noise poll we carried out in recent days overwhelmingly doesn’t, but we sided with the 17% who supported Michael Beale’s decision on this one.
Hopefully the club accepts the offer, Hagi moves on, and we can all happily get on with things that really matter.