Rangers’ Ianis Hagi produced a superb display for Romania in their World Cup qualifying game at the weekend, which will surely delight Steven Gerrard ahead of his return to Ibrox.
The 22-year-old started on the left wing for his country as they faced Liechtenstein in a Group J fixture and he provided the assist for Romania’s second goal as they ran out 2-0 winners.
As per SofaScore, the former KRC Genk man would earn an impressive 7.9/10 rating for his performance, with only Razvan Marin (8.0) rated higher of all the players from both sides to feature in the game.
Hagi was regularly involved during his 80 minutes on the pitch, completing three dribbles and 31/40 of his passes, resulting in a solid 78% pass accuracy.
For comparison, Romania’s right-winger Andrei Cordea would complete none of his three attempted dribbles and played one fewer pass than Hagi, despite playing the full 90 minutes.
The Rangers man also impressively played three key passes and created one big chance during the game, with his quality and creativity with the ball clear to see as Mirel Rădoi’s side earned an important three points in their World Cup qualification hopes.
Hagi won the young player of the season award at Rangers last season and has two goals for the Teddy Bears so far this campaign, so Gerrard and the Rangers supporters should definitely be excited by his potential.
The 41-year-old manager was full of praise for the young winger in 2020 after he inspired a comeback in the Europa League, saying:
“Ianis is an outstanding talent and that stage was made for him.”
Therefore, Gerrard will no doubt be delighted to see him impressing for his country during the international break and he will be hoping that he can continue his fine recent form when Rangers face St Johnstone this weekend.
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