Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst will be hoping to extend his unbeaten start to life in Glasgow as his side return to Ibrox tonight.
The Gers host St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership after they beat Hearts 2-0 away from home on Sunday, thanks to goals from Alfredo Morelos and Joe Aribo.
With this game coming just three days after the win over Hearts, van Bronckhorst may want to make a few changes to freshen the team up.
One player he must unleash on St Johnstone is attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi. The ex-Genk man was given a watching brief on Sunday and could be fresh and ready to grasp his chance with both hands if he is given a start.
Scott Arfield started in the number 10 role at the weekend and produced a poor performance as he struggled on and off the ball. As per SofaScore, he failed with all of his attempted dribbles and missed two ‘big chances’, whilst creating just one chance and losing 60% of his individual duels.
This suggests that it could be beneficial to bench the Canadia international, with Hagi potentially the perfect option to come in and replace him.
Former Gers boss Steven Gerrard once lauded the son of legendary Romanian footballer Gheorghe Hagi, as he said: “We’re really happy with Ianis Hagi, he’s a joy to work with.
“He’s a student of the game. He’s always looking at areas to improve, whether that be from a physical point of view or tactically or technically. He’s someone you have to drag off the training ground.
“Ianis is always in the analyst department too. He’s never out of the gym, so he’s an absolute dream to work with, very low maintenance. We’re delighted with how he is developing and progressing and we’re happy to have him.”
Hagi has averaged an impressive SofaScore rating of 7.12 this season in the Premiership and has not missed a single big chance, whilst creating 1.6 chances per game. Last term, he produced seven goals and 11 assists in 23 starts as he showed that he has the quality to be a difference-maker in the final third.
Therefore, van Bronckhorst should axe Arfield from the XI after his Hearts shocker and place the mercurial gem Hagi into the team. He has shown that he can perform consistently at this level and the Dutchman will know that he is selecting a player capable of having a big impact on the match.