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Rangers: Xavi Simons could be perfect replacement for Ianis Hagi

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst may have some work to do in the January transfer window if some speculation comes to fruition.

A number of players have been linked with moves to and from the Gers in recent weeks, with attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi one of those who has been touted with an Ibrox exit.

Galatasaray are reportedly keen on the deal for the former Genk man and it remains to be seen whether or not they will come in with a tangible offer for him in January. If they do and it is acceptable to Ross Wilson, van Bronckhorst may have to identify a player to come in and replace him.

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Bye-bye Hagi

Rangers are reportedly leading the race to sign Xavi Simons from PSG and the teenager could be the perfect replacement for Hagi next month, who the club could be waving bye-bye to.

The Romanian international joined with experience playing first-team football in Belgium, Italy and Romania, but was only 21 at the time of the move. Transfermarkt valued him at £4.05m upon his permanent arrival at Ibrox and he has gone on to produce 14 goals and 21 assists in 83 matches for the Gers in all competitions.

At the time of writing (30/12/21), Transfermarkt value him at £5.85m. This shows that Rangers have been able to improve the £21k-per-week beast throughout his spell in Scotland whilst he has been making valuable contributions on the pitch with his goals and assists, making him an excellent signing.

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Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano described Simons as “more than a talent” and his form for PSG’s youth team makes it easy to understand that praise. He has racked up five goals and six assists in 12 matches for the French side’s under-19 team, whilst he has also made three senior appearances.

Simons does not have the vast first-team experience that Hagi had under his belt, but – like the Romanian – he would arrive as a young player with the potential to improve. Transfermarkt currently value the 18-year-old sensation at £1.35m and the Gers could bring him in with the hope that he follows in Hagi’s footsteps and is able to grow his value whilst performing in the Premiership.

His performances at youth level are extremely promising and he could be the perfect replacement for the 23-year-old, as he has the potential and age to be a similar signing. There is no guarantee that he will be as successful, but his statistics for PSG’s under-19’s and the fact he has been picked by Mauricio Pochettino at the age of 18 suggest that he has a good chance of being a great signing for Rangers.

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