Rangers boss Steven Gerrard got his man this summer when the Ibrox club managed to bring Ianis Hagi to Glasgow permanently.
As reported by Glasgow Live, Rangers paid just £3 million to make the Romanian’s loan move to Ibrox permanent.
Rangers fans have been treated since with Hagi in fine form, especially when it comes to assists, even though he is yet to cement a guaranteed starting spot at Ibrox.
Now his former club have explained just why they decided to let the player go this summer.
Dimitri De Condé, the technical director at the Rangers playmaker’s former club Genk, has been discussing why a move for the club’s Norwegian star Joakim Maehle never came to fruition.
He then went on to explain how his potential exit was different from the Rangers newbie.
“It was a different case from Hagi, for example,” De Condé explained to Het Belang van Limburg (paywall; h/t Sport Witness). “He was convinced that he should play more and if you feel that it is getting difficult, you should be open to leaving. The same was true of (Benjamin) Nygren.
“This has nothing to do with their qualities, but with the situation in which they threatened to end up. And Mæhle is extremely important to us at the moment.”
Rangers fans and manager Steven Gerrard are surely excited about Hagi’s future at Ibrox. The Turkish born 22-year-old has already provided eight assists this season in just 16 appearances and is shaking off some early season cobwebs to look like a crucial member of the Rangers side going forward.
That £3 million fee really is looking like a bargain.