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Astonishing Ianis Hagi stat shows Steven Gerrard doesn’t get enough credit

Glasgow Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos might be looking dominant in the Europa League but it’s Ianis Hagi who is actually the cream of the crop in Scottish football.

Since signing from Genk in the summer no Scottish Premiership player has recorded more assists than the 22-year-old, other than teammate James Tavernier.

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Celtic’s Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor are the best of the rest behind the Rangers duo with seven assists apiece, with Ryan Kent not too far behind on six assists this season.

But Hagi also boasts an impressive average of two shots per 90 in the Premiership which also surpasses that of Tavernier (1.9 shots pg), Joe Aribo (1.7 shots pg) and Scott Arfield (1.3 shots pg).

For context, that’s far higher than his season’s average of 1.3 shots per game in the Europa League last term, which suggests that he has come on leaps and bounds under Gerrard’s guidance in such an incredibly short amount of time.

The Rangers youngster now has two goals in the past four Premiership fixtures he has played after opening the scoring in the 4-1 victory over Dundee United.

That opening goal only serves to highlight just how brilliant the Romania international has been at Ibrox. He’s now been directly involved in 22 goals (nine goals and 13 assists) in 48 appearances across all competitions for the club.

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While Gerrard should be commended for the great job he has done in steering Rangers towards their first title in a decade, he also deserves immense credit for transforming Hagi from a young prospect to a fully-fledged first-team starter.

After all, he was initially considered a work in progress when he first arrived at Ibrox, but has now more than justified his place in Gerrard’s starting XI.

It’s about time the son of the great Gheorghe Hagi starts to get the respect he deserves, that’s for sure.

AND in other news, Nathan Patterson earns shot at redemption amid James Tavernier injury blow

Article title: Astonishing Ianis Hagi stat shows Steven Gerrard doesn’t get enough credit

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