With Ianis Hagi reportedly asking to leave Rangers following Michael Beale’s insistence he can’t promise the playmaker minutes, Rangers supporters have backed the Romanian overwhelmingly suggesting Beale is making an error in judgment.
The 24-year-old Rangers attacker has been a fringe player since regaining fitness, and former Ibrox Sporting Director Ross Wilson rewarded him with a four-year deal last December, but it evidently was not with the consent of recently-appointed manager Mick Beale who has been unwilling to use Hagi in many games, constricting the ex-Genk man to cameos.
And Rangers fans appear to side heavily with the son of Romanian legend Gheorghe with 83% of 3100 votes suggesting they want to keep Hagi and Beale is wrong not to use him more. That’s a pretty damning vote and number.
Only 17% side with the boss on this one, including, incidentally, Ibrox Noise.
We checked a sample of those voting in favour of Hagi and they were by no means Romanian countrymen and women, indeed, it was entirely UK-based of what we saw albeit we know there are many comrades of Hagi who are on Ibrox Noise and support him insistently.
But Rangers fans don’t agree with the boss on this topic, they think Hagi has more to offer.
Mick Beale has signed his own Rangers team – Tom Lawrence is also a victim of the number of new players Beale has brought in – the manager could not wait for unfit players to be ready, the world of Rangers must move on and waits for no man.
Including a 2-year older Hagi who has lost the already slow pace he had and has no divine right to play. He’s also miles less quality than Todd Cantwell who offers everything Hagi does and more – he has the 10 slot sown up.
Hagi had bright moments as a Rangers player, but so did Ryan Kent and the majority ended up loathing him and calling him a waster despite actually having fractionally both more pro-rata assists and goals than the Romanian (33 goals in 218 to Hagi’s 16 in 98, 56 assists, Hagi with 21).
So we’re not sure quite why Hagi is held in such esteem and Kent isn’t.
But the fans want him to stay and play. And that’s that.