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Rangers: Gerrard must axe Ianis Hagi

Rangers travel to face Motherwell on Sunday as they look to retain their lead at the top of the Premiership table.

They are two points ahead of their nearest rivals heading into the gameweek and play a Motherwell side sitting sixth in the league after 11 games. The Steelmen have won four, drawn three and lost four of their matches, but have only won one of their last six.

Steven Gerrard’s side come into the game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Aberdeen on Wednesday night. They fought back from a 2-0 deficit to pick up a point, with Alfredo Morelos and James Tavernier netting the goals.

Should Hagi be dropped?





One player who let the 41-year-old down against the Dons was wide midfielder Ianis Hagi. The Romania international struggled throughout the match and it could be time for Gerrard to ruthlessly axe him from the starting XI.

With games coming thick and fast in the Premiership and Europa League, players are not going to be at the very best of their abilities every single time, and that was highlighted in Hagi’s display against Aberdeen.

As per SofaScore, he lost possession of the ball a whopping 23 times and failed to create a single chance for his teammates or register a shot on goal. He also completed just one of his 13 crossing attempts and had a 0% dribble success rate. The winger failed to impose himself on the match and lost the ball far too often, allowing Aberdeen to create more chances for themselves.

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This display was not reflective of his overall performances in the Premiership this season. The £5.85m-rated midfielder has averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.10, creating 1.1 chances per game and completing 50% of his attempted dribbles, and losing the ball 13.9 times per match. This suggests that he is capable of much better than what he showed on Wednesday, which is why a rest could be beneficial for him.

Hagi’s off-colour showing against Aberdeen should lead to Gerrard axing him from the team as he was not sharp enough to be at his best. The Romanian needs a rest to focus on getting himself 100% ready in training ahead of the European clash with Brondby on Thursday, as his manager will surely not want to overplay him and end up getting another poor performance out of him against Motherwell.

AND in other news, Gerrard could unearth Charlie Adam 2.0 in Rangers gem with “great future in the game”…