Rangers new boy Ianis Hagi is so ambidextrous that he took two penalties with two different feet earlier this season, according to The Athletic journalist Jordan Campbell.
The Romanian prodigy made his debut for the Gers against Aberdeen at the weekend, making his bow from the substitute’s bench.
But while he was unable to help the Gers break the deadlock in that one, Campbell has given an insight into just how much talent the playmaker has at his disposal.
Writing in a piece for The Athletic, he said: “If you dismantled his legs, spun them in a tombola and put them back together, it’s likely that you’d still have two identical footballing wands.
“After watching hours of footage of Rangers’ latest signing in action for Genk, Romania and Viitorul, it is still impossible to detect which foot he prefers. The closest player to this level of ambidexterity is perhaps Germany’s Andreas Brehme, who was presumed to be left-footed until he took the decisive penalty kick in the 1990 World Cup final with his right. Hagi took two penalties in the same game with different feet this season, though.
“That in itself doesn’t mean much but the way he rolls his foot — or feet — over the ball and the way he swivels when he receives it makes him instantly stand out. Aesthetically, he plays football like he’s been carved in a dream — or in the vision of his father.”
How good can Hagi be?
Let’s not beat around the bush, the 21-year-old is at Ibrox because he failed to hit the heights that were expected of him at Genk.
That being said, in no way, shape, or form is one bad season a death knell for his career.
The potential that the midfielder possesses is massive, and if he can find the right gear in Glasgow, he could genuinely become one of the coups of the season.
Even this term, when he probably wasn’t at the peak of his powers in Belgium, he still managed to record 6.49 successful dribbles per game, as per Wyscout.
Combine that with 3.98 accurate passes into the box per match, and it’s clear that he can become a real asset at Ibrox.
Patience will be key, but the pay-off could be massive.
In other Rangers news, Steven Thompson issues score prediction for Rangers v Hibernian.