There is a lot of uncertainty about Ianis Hagi’s future at Rangers and the Covid-19 crisis hasn’t helped to improve the situation.
Steven Gerrard’s side took the 21-year-old on loan in the winter market and they retain an option to make his transfer permanent for a reported fee of €5m.
Lazio are one of the clubs who are credited with an interest in the attacking midfielder.
The suggestion from Italy has been the player would prefer a move to Rome rather than extending his stay at Ibrox.
Former Romania manager Victor Pițurcă has a message for his compatriot and advised Hagi not to return to Genk.
“I expected Ianis to take a huge step, but unfortunately this did not happen. He was loaned to Rangers, a club that I think is right for him. Let’s see if the people of Glasgow will be satisfied and buy it,” Pițurcă said during an interview with Telekom Sport.
“It will be a step back if he returns to Genk. He is full of quality, now it depends only on him. Nobody can do anything any more. He is an intelligent guy; he knows what he has to do.”
Should Rangers decide to exercise the option to make Hagi’s transfer permanent, Pițurcă has a message for Gerrard.
“I think a player with his qualities must be supported by the coach. If he is trusted, he will be successful,” the 63-year-old explained.
Pițurcă also advised Hagi how he can further improve his game. He said, “If he had the strength, he would be a top player. And it is not the only thing that can be done.
“Sure, and with that force… something needs to change. I talked to Gica Hagi and him. It’s more difficult, he should get in touch with the opponent.
“To replace the deficit of strength, he should play very simple, with one touch. If he waits to return, with his opponent behind him, it will be difficult for him.”
Whether Hagi will give any heed to Pițurcă’s advise, both for his future and how to improve his game, remains to be seen.