Ianis Hagi changes his mind about Rangers and Spain

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Ianis Hagi changes his mind about Rangers and Spain
VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 22: Mikel Vesga of Athletic Club battles for possession with Ianis Hagi during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Deportivo Alaves and Athletic Bilbao at Estadio de Mendizorroza on September 22, 2023 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Rangers’ forgotten playmaker Ianis Hagi has backtracked on his previous assurances that he was staying in Spain by admitting he has no idea where he will be playing next season, and has told his agents to find somewhere for him.

The 25-year-old is preparing for the Euros in Germany with Romania, but has absolutely no clue what next season holds for him, suggesting strongly only that it probably won’t be Rangers.

Speaking as he gets ready for the big summer showpiece, the Turkish-born forward said:

“My focus is on the Euros. I’ve had talks with agents, that’s normal, but the pressure is on them. They know what I want for my future, it’s a pretty important summer for me from all points of view. I told them before I went to the national team what I want, I’m waiting for them to do their best work, to find the right team and coach for me. I can’t say if I’ll be at Rangers or somewhere else. My future depends on my agents.”

This is a bit of an about-turn on his previous assertion that he was wishing to stay in Spain.

The reason is simple – when he said that stuff he was getting an appearance or two at Deportivo Alaves, but those dried up fast and his season in Spain was absolutely horrific – the team was good, and this meant he got just 10 starts overall in 28 appearances, with a miserly 4 goals and assists.

Nowhere near good enough to get into the first team, and Alaves had absolutely no interest in signing him permanently, with the loan spell a complete fail.

Now he’s trying to find somewhere else, but his quotes appear to confirm Rangers and Philippe Clement have no interest in him either, so it’s down to ‘his people’ to find him something.

The fact is a club doesn’t send a player out on loan if that club intends to use that player – barely one in a hundred loans ever sees the player come back and become a mainstay. It’s rare.

And Hagi was dismal at a high level in Spain – if we had been linked to him as a transfer target with his recent record Ibrox Noise and fans in general would be outraged at the rubbish we were trying to sign.

If you can’t cope in the Spanish top flight you can’t cope at Rangers.

Hagi will have to find someone else to take him on next season.

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