What do Philippe Clement and Rangers do about Ianis Hagi?

What do Philippe Clement and Rangers do about Ianis Hagi?
Romania's midfielder #14 Ianis Hagi (R) celebrates scoring the 2-0 goal during the UEFA Euro 2024 group I qualification football match between Romania and Andorra at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania on October 15, 2023. (Photo by Daniel MIHAILESCU / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP via Getty Images)

There’s been a little bit in the press again about Romania’s Ianis Hagi, currently of course on loan at Alaves in Spain.

Let’s make no bones about it, his career out there has been abysmal, and he’s showing no signs of why Rangers actually need him back any time soon.

As far as quality 10s go, Rangers have Alex Lowry, Tom Lawrence, Todd Cantwell (if he can get his act together) and Philippe Clement clearly likes Sam Lammers a lot in that position too.

In short, we have options, and we also have a bit of form, and while our squad absolutely needs work, one position it’s strong in is in Hagi’s.

He got some hype over a ‘sensational’ cameo v Barca, and a good international v Andorra which earned him Romania’s POTM award.

Unfortunately Andorra are one of the worst countries in the world football-wise, the national version of Deportivo Murcia who sit in the 7th tier of Spanish football, and are the only domestic side Hagi has scored against this season.

There was also that abysmal penalty.

The problem with Hagi was always his pace, or lack of. And the moans he put in about not getting to play at Ibrox were extremely entitled when Todd Cantwell was in the form he had last season – well he’s not really proving Michael Beale’s decision wrong, especially.

If he was nailing assists and goals over there then yes, it would vindicate his own demands to play for Rangers, but he’s not.

As things stand, he’s not one of those players whose exit weakened the squad, and is one of those players who gets better the less he plays.

He also hasn’t played a full 90 minutes out there, 72 being the best he got.

It will be down to Philippe Clement to decide if he wants Hagi to be part of the Rangers squad going forward in the future, but we’d be surprised if he did.

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