Despite his statistics being impressive for Rangers this season with a goal and six assists in 11 Scottish Premiership appearances, Ianis Hagi still hasn’t got his first cap for his country.
The 22-year-old has played for his nation’s U21s 16 times already, and there was a feeling this could be his time to get promoted to the first-team.
However, that didn’t happen, so the young forward, who only just turned 22, was once again selected by Adrian Mutu for the upcoming fixture against Denmark.
There could have been a lot of frustration from Hagi, but that hasn’t been the case, with the Rangers star turning up and doing his work, as expected.
This has impressed the former Chelsea forward, who took some time out to praise Steven Gerrard’s man for his attitude.
He said, relayed by Digisport: “There are some players we are missing, they’re all important, but at the same time, we’ve called in other equally talented players. Ianis Hagi’s games at U21 level have always been very good, exceptional in certain matches, which is a good thing for us.
“I hope it’ll be a help to the team. I’m sure he’ll be ready. I know he’s a great professional. This is a very important game for him as it will allow him to reset what his experience means for the national, and if he plays well, it’ll be beneficial not only for him, but for the main national team and for Rangers”.
Mutu then added that a good game could give Hagi the confidence he needs, and was ‘convinced he will be 100% ready’ when the game kicks off.
Even if he can boast decent numbers, the young Romanian has found himself in and out of the team the past few games, starting just one of the last six games since a 2-2 draw against Hibernian back in September.