Jonatan Johansson has told BBC Sportsound that the timing of Rangers permanent move for winger Ianis Hagi is “strange”, amid the current global health crisis – but believes he is a good addition.
Hagi, 21, has completed a permanent move to Rangers after scoring three goals and laying on two assists during 12 appearances on loan at Ibrox since January. The fee is believed to be in the region of £3.5million (Times), but will be paid in instalments.
The signing of the Romania international has delighted Rangers support on social media, with Hagi – son of ex-Barcelona and Real Madrid legend Gheorge – a rare shining light in the midst of a difficult patch of Rangers form since the winter break.
Ex-Rangers striker and coach Johansson – who scored 25 goals in 71 Rangers outings – thinks Hagi is a very good signing for Steven Gerrard’s side, but has questioned the timing of the announcement given the current global health crisis.
“He excites the fans and I think in that way, it is a good signing. The timing is a little bit strange, it is strange to talks about transfers when everything else is going on,” Johansson said.
TBR’s view – What else do Rangers need, after Hagi signing?
To identify what Rangers need, it is best to compare their best side to Celtic’s and see where they lack – given next season’s main target will be to stop Neil Lennon’s side from achieving 10 in a row.
Defensively, James Tavernier struggles and it led to a number of goals from Rangers’ right. A permanent partner for Connor Goldson should also be identified, as should restoring Alfredo Morelos’ confidence and keeping him at Ibrox.
But perhaps most importantly, it is about combining a midfield trio that can match the consistency, toughness and quality of Ryan Christie, Scott Brown and Callum McGregor. Do that, and a real title race is on our hands.