Ianis Hagi. From his father’s academy to Ibrox. The Romanian gem cast a spell on the Glaswegian crowd as Rangers came from two goals down to win 3-2 against SC Braga. Not even Francisco Trincao could do anything about it. But who is this Ianis Hagi? Where has he come from? And why is he so damn good?
It’s amazing! It’s Ibrox, baby! It’s just different!Ianis Hagi’s reaction to last night’s events.
Good evening, Rangers fans. Few of you probably thought that when 21-year-old Ianis Hagi arrived from Belgian side Genk, he would have quite the impact he has had. A Man of the Match performance in a European comeback, Ibrox was rocking at the hands of the Romanian international.
THE NUMBERS (v SC Braga (20/02/20)
96% Pass Completion (43/45)
Two Key Passes
Ianis Hagi – Background
Picked up by the perennial champions Steaua Bucharest at the age of nine, it must have been strange growing up in the inevitable shadow of Gheorghe Hagi. However strange, Ianis and his father have come together on multiple occasions, no more so than when he became a part of his Dad’s new academy. Here, he moved on to Vitorul Constanta, also managed by his Dad. A case of nepotism could have been brought up if it wasn’t for the fact the Ianis was such a talented player.
Two Golden Boy nominations and a failed spell at Fiorentina, Hagi spent one season back at Vitorul before making what is estimated as an €8m move to Belgian champions Genk. He started well, scoring on his debut and featuring in five out of the six Champions League Group Stage games. But it was actually interesting to see him move out on loan to Rangers, where a six-month loan has an undisclosed future fee. With the 21-year-old jumping back and forth across Europe, will Glasgow be the place to stay?
Nigh-ambidextrous and capable of playing in any advanced midfield role, as well as an out and out forward, Ianis Hagi is the spitting image of his dad. His low centre of gravity and burst of acceleration allows him to break away from defenders and fire a shot on goal before the blink of an eye – just take his first goal from last night as an example.
If the first month of his loan spell is anything to go by, Hagi’s stay at Rangers will be made permanent. We can only hope that his performances can keep to the level of last night. Glorious Ianis. Glorious.
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