Glasgow Rangers moved six points clear of their arch-rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership with a comfortable 2-0 win over Livingston on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Joe Aribo and Jermain Defoe secured the victory, with Defoe scoring his 300th club career goal to add to Aribo’s opener.
Rangers are now enjoying a 16-game unbeaten run, stretching back to a 1-0 win away at Aberdeen at the start of the season, which means that Steven Gerrard’s side are early favourites to claim the title.
It seems Gerrard still isn’t satisfied, if recent reports are to be believed, as the Rangers boss still wants to sign an attacking midfielder sooner rather than later. However, he may not have to look very far at all, if Ianis Hagi’s impressive performance against Livingston is anything to go by.
Per SofaScore, the 22-year-old won four out of seven ground duels (57%), made 4 key passes, completed 36 out of 47 passes overall, with a pass accuracy rating of 77%, and created one big chance, whilst he successfully completed one dribble attempt as well. A look at his heatmap shows a hub of activity in the opposition half, which suggests that he caused Livingston all sorts of problems.
SofaScore gave Hagi a high grade of 7.5 for his efforts, whilst GlasgowLive went one step further and rated his performance at 8/10, claiming he provided a “clever assist for Aribo’s opener and was popping up all over the place. Used the ball really well, and was one of Rangers’ best performers on the afternoon.”
Once hailed as an “outstanding” match-winner by the Rangers boss, Hagi sent Gerrard a timely reminder with his heroics at the weekend.