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Rangers: Gerrard must axe Hagi

Rangers travel away to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday night as they go in search of their first points in the group stage.

The Gers lost 2-0 to French side Lyon in their opening match, with Steven Gerrard’s side unable to make Ibrox a fortress from the off.

They are coming into this clash with Sparta off the back of a 1-0 win over Dundee FC in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend, with Joe Aribo scoring the only goal of the game.

One player who could lose his place in the team for this match in the Europa League is attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi.

Should Gerrard axe Hagi?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Gerrard could look to make changes to his XI in order to give his side the best chance of winning their first group stage game and that could result in Hagi dropping out of the team. The Romanian only recently returned to first-team action after a Covid-related absence and he struggled to find his best form against Dundee at the weekend.

Hagi was handed a SofaScore rating of 6.6 for his performance, the lowest in the Rangers side. Per SofaScore, he provided zero key passes and had all three of his attempted shots blocked. He also gave possession of the ball away 16 times and failed to make a single defensive contribution, with zero clearances, interceptions, tackles or blocks.

This shows how he was unable to make an impact at either end of the pitch. It was a disastrous display from the playmaker and one that should make Gerrard ruthlessly axe him from the XI against Sparta Prague.

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