Rangers have now officially confirmed the signing of Ianis Hagi on loan from Genk until the end of the season with an option-to-buy clause inserted as part of the deal.
The 21-year-old Romanian attacking midfielder comes from a rich footballing heritage.
He is the son of the legendary Gheorghe Hagi, one of the greatest – if not the greatest – Romanian footballers of all time. The now 54-year-old played for a number of European giants, including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Galatasary before embarking on a coaching career.
Hagi junior is well on his way to making his father proud as he already has ten full international caps to his name.
But one asepct of Hagi’s game that underlines how unique and skilled the Rangers newbie is concerns his ability to play with both feet – a trait he learned from his father.
He said so himself back in 2019, as quoted by Sky Sports:
“Since I was a kid, he always told me that it’s really important to have both [feet] in football. At two or three years old I have videos at home in which I kick only with my left foot, but since then he taught me to play also with my right foot. Now I have both feet. I feel better shooting with the right, but my control of the ball is with my left.”
It seems that Gheorghe has taught his son well and his ability to play with both feet, which is a rarely-seen trait possessed by a select few including the likes of Santi Cazorla and Kevin De Bruyne, could well represent a valuable asset for Gerrard as he bids to mastermind a successful SPFL title bid.
The youngster looks to be a great talent and if he turns out to be anything like his father Rangers will have their hands on a true ambidextrous gem.