Steven Gerrard has suggested, in comments reported by the Daily Record, that he will not be happy with Ianis Hagi should the Rangers midfielder step his game up in European competition this season.
Hagi looks to be edging closer to getting back to his best form. He provided two assists in the Gers’ emphatic win at Ibrox at the weekend.
His return to form has come just as the Light Blues are preparing for their Europa League second qualifying round tie on Thursday.
Hagi produced some remarkable performances in the competition during his loan spell last season. His brace in the victory over Braga will live long in the memory.
Gerrard admitted that he was particularly pleased with his performances in the tournament. But he insisted that he does not want those displays to stand out much longer.
“It’s great to see [his form] because when he’s at his best he certainly a big help to the team and the squad,” he said, as reported by the Daily Record.
“He does thrive in Europe but if he does then I won’t be happy because I want him to thrive in every game and I want him to be consistent.
“When you’re a young player and you grow and evolve, one thing you need to strive for is consistency.”
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Hagi’s form could potentially suggest that he raises his game in the Europa League. But perhaps it could also be suggested that the Romanian has shown that he can step up for the big occasion.
Ibrox was treated to several special European nights during the latter half of last season. And Hagi was often one of the club’s standout performers.
Of course, Hagi played in a number of domestic games as well. But perhaps it will be this season where Rangers fans see the best of the 21-year-old on a consistent basis – regardless of the competition.