Until Rangers trigger (or don’t) the clause in the loan that brought Ianis Hagi from KRC Genk to Ibrox, there will be speculation about the Romania international’s future.
In the small sample he has played in, the 21-year-old has certainly shown he could be a valuable asset for Steven Gerrard and the rest of his squad going forward, but the Scottish Premiership side have yet to put money on the table for a permanent transfer.
Perhaps they are waiting until a decision is made regarding the current season, as the potential chance of evaluating him in a few more games would probably be appealing, but you would think that if push came to shove, they are leaning towards coughing up the required amount.
For Dorin Goian, who spent two years with Rangers following a £450k transfer from Palermo, Hagi is certainly on the right track.
Speaking to Digi Spor’s Fotbal Club, he said: “Ianis had some very good matches, he scored goals, he made a difference. That’s why he was brought in, to give an assist, to create a spark, decide a game. He needs consistency.
“Rangers fans are capricious. If you rise to the glory, they praise you, but they are harsh if you don’t give everything on the pitch. Scottish football needs a player with Ianis’ qualities. If he continues that way, Rangers will buy him, it will be good for him. He will play for a top team in Europe.”
Since joining, Hagi has scored three goals and assisted another two in 12 appearances under Steven Gerrard.