Gary McAllister says that Rangers will be forced to make Ianis Hagi’s move to Ibrox permanent if he continues to live up to his star accounts.
The Romanian played an important role in Steven Gerrard’s side and came from two goals to beat Braga on Thursday in Ibrox, a result that gives them every chance to advance to the final 16 of the Europa League.
On loan from the Belgian club Genk until the summer, Rangers assured the first refusal of the 21-year-old in case his parent club is open to break their ties with him.
Gary McAllister says that Rangers Ianis Hagi could sign in the summer if his form continues
Hagi scored a late winner against Hibernian and played the victory over Braga in the Europa League
Hagi’s performances quickly made him a favorite of fans in his short time with Ibrox
With Hagi already a fans’ favorite after scoring a late winner against Hibernian, Ibrox No. 2 McAllister believes that his impact so far indicates that the club’s board is being asked to do whatever it takes to extend his stay beyond the summer.
“If the boy continues to perform, it’s something we should look at,” he said.
‘The manager has the final say, but he (Hagi) has impressed all of us and we want to sustain this young man and maintain his confidence. He quickly integrated with all players and staff, making him feel very welcome. He comes in with a smile that is always nice to see.
‘He enjoys training and Glasgow – and is busy quickly. He has an eye for a goal and a pass. He found the first 15 minutes against Hibs to be quite physical, but since then he has adapted really well.
Hagi, son of the Romanian legend Gheorghe, currently has a six-month loan from Genk
“If you’re a player on Thursday night and have scored a few goals for 50,000 fans singing your name, I think you’ll enjoy it.”
Asked if the role that Hagi played on a classic European evening would increase the chances of a deal being concluded, McAllister replied: The way he has established himself is something that will predict well for the future. It has been a nice piece of recruitment. “
Superstar father Gheorghe already believes his son is in the ideal club after watching his heroic deeds from the Ibrox gallery this week – and revealed that he has discussed the future of Ianis with Gerrard.
“Ianis is fit, plays well and is happy,” said the former legend of Real Madrid and Barcelona. “He has clearly chosen the ideal team, the ideal club, and he is doing very well.
The 21-year-old was praised by his father in the aftermath of his action against Braga
“I want to do Rangers well and congratulate them for having played a great game. They have a chance to qualify, but they play a very good team in Braga.
“I don’t have to say anything to Ianis, he knows what to do. I discussed it with Steven, but that’s all I want to say about the night. “
Denying he tears of happiness over his son’s achievements, a proud Hagi senior added: “I didn’t cry! The reason it looked like there were tears in my eyes is because it was very cold. “
The only disadvantage of an extraordinary victory for Rangers was the yellow card that Alfredo Morelos received for different opinions, which means that he will miss the return match in Portugal on Wednesday.
Rangers’ victory over Braga was marred by another yellow card that was shown to Alfredo Morelos
Occupied by disciplinary problems in Gerrard’s first season, the Colombian seemed to have recovered his ways before being fired one after the other against Motherwell and Celtic.
Frustrated that hard lessons don’t seem to have been learned, McAllister said, “We will continue to follow him and pinch his ear. These moments … he has to get them out of his game.
“It happened before, it’s a repeat offense. That is something we are constantly working on with him and it is also frustrating for us. But we must keep him in his ear and keep trying to improve the discipline of this guy and not respond. “
Thursday’s victory for Rangers, combined with the Celtic draw in Copenhagen, means that Scotland is well on its way to having two teams participating in the Champions League qualifications of 2021-22.
Morelos was also sent against Celtic and Motherwell while disciplinary problems continued
“That is a huge boost for our game in Scotland and you should definitely write that,” said McAllister after updated figures placed Scotland in 14th place in the UEFA coefficient table. “If we and Celtic could get through, it would be fantastic for Scottish football, a huge plus with its importance and the compliments it brings.
‘I have been in England for a long time and many people from the south of the border have not really been interested in Rangers in the past. My phone is full of messages. They watched the game. It sends a good message.
“Both of our major clubs must endure this round.”
Gerrards side trip to play St. Johnstone tomorrow without the services of Borna Barisic.
“Borna has been hit hard by the kidneys, so he’s gone for a weekend,” McAllister added.
“He was in a lot of pain and needed a few days of rest. He is painful and the coming days will be crucial to the Braga game.
“St. Johnstone is going well and going to Perth is never easy. It is a fast turnover and then the same again to go to Portugal next week, but we have a large team. “