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Pundit says 22-year-old Rangers player is one of the best in the world in his age category

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Pundit says 22-year-old Rangers player is one of the best in the world in his age category

Glasgow Rangers forward Ianis Hagi has been doing well for himself under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.

Indeed, GSP pundit and former Romania international Ianis Zicu has described Hagi as one of the top 10 players in the world in his age category.

The 22-year-old joined Rangers on an initial six-month loan at the end of the January 2020 transfer window from Genk.

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He then moved permanently to the Ibrox outfit that summer summer for a reported £3million.

To date, Hagi has made 48 competitive appearances for the Gers, registering nine goals and 13 assists in light blue.

He has managed a decent return during this campaign, registering nine assists and five goals in the Scottish Premiership.

Hagi has also impressed in the Europa League, with big showings in the two wins over Antwerp.

Interest in Hagi’s career is high in Romania, given he is the son of Gheorghe Hagi, the country’s greatest ever footballer.

 

And Zicu believes the Rangers talent must be judged on his own skills rather than his famous father.

“Hagi’s name is definitely a burden, and it put a strain on me too,” he told GSP.

“Because when I was young a lot of people compared me to Gica and it affected me negatively because I thought I was better than I was at that level.

“In my opinion we need to judge Ianis strictly on the qualities he has.

“He has some really high level qualities in terms of his vision, how he strikes the ball and how he handles situations on the pitch.

“There’s no point expecting Ianis to dribble past three or four players and go straight to the goal, or to run with it at full pace.

“He can’t do those things, but in terms of what he can do I think he’s in the top 10 players in the world in his age category.

“By which I mean how he hits the ball, how he passes, how he thinks about the game.”

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Hagi may have struggled a bit with consistency this term – given his age, it’s pretty much par for the course – but he has still contributed a lot to the Gers in their pursuit of silverware.

There’s bound to be a lot more to come from Hagi in the next few years and hopefully he’ll do so in light blue, helping Gerrard and co establish themselves as the top team in Scotland.

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