Glasgow Rangers on-loan ace Ianis Hagi has told the Daily Mail that his spell at Ibrox has given him happiness, something “every footballer on the planet looks for”.
Hagi joined Rangers on a six-month loan at the end of the January transfer window from Belgian club Genk and the 21-year-old took no time at all in becoming an Ibrox fan favourite.
The Romania international has weighed in with an impressive three goals, plus two assists, from 12 Rangers games, including his superb brace in the Europa League last-32 first leg win over Braga.
Rangers have an option to make Hagi’s signing permanent at the end of the season and, according to Goal.com, the Ibrox side is close to completing the deal.
The player himself remains coy over his future, but made a point of stating how happy he has been at Rangers and how important happiness is for a football player.
He told the Daily Mail: “Happy. It’s really important for a football player to be happy – and I can see I was happy there. Playing at Ibrox provides a player with unique moments.
“Everybody could see that I was happy on the pitch. And obviously my football was getting better and better every day. Life in Glasgow was good too.
“So the only thing I can say right now is that I’m really happy with Rangers. I’m really happy with what happened in two months in Scotland.
“I can’t say anything about the future right now. The only thing I’m thinking about is being 100 per cent fit and ready if the season starts again.
“For sure, I think everyone in football looks for happiness. When a player is happy, he can give 100 per cent. Not only me, I think every footballer on this planet looks for the place where he is happy.”
Things could hardly have gone any better so far for both Hagi and for Rangers, the youngster loving life at the famous club, which in turn has benefitted from his services and is reportedly close to sealing a permanent deal.
As talented as Hagi is and as much promise as he’s shown, it’s important for him to be at the right club to truly prosper and be happy – his switch to Fiorentina didn’t work out, while this one seems to be working out very well.
And with Gheorghe Hagi – the player’s father and widely deemed Romania’s greatest ever footballer – describing Rangers as the “ideal team” for his son (Daily Record), you could hardly get a more ringing endorsement than that.