Rangers left it late to grab a winner and pick up a vital three points against Hibernian on Wednesday night.
When the deciding goal did come in the 84th minute it was courtesy of new boy Ianis Hagi, and it’s fair to say that the strike has endeared him hugely to the Ibrox faithful.
After initially falling behind to a Paul Hanlon goal in the 35th minute, the Gers drew level thanks to centre-back George Edmundson, who restored parity in added time at the end of the first half.
It then took Steven Gerrard’s men the vast majority of the second to edge ahead of their visitors, but Hagi’s impressive volleyed finish in the closing stages could prove to be crucial to any hopes the Blues have of toppling Celtic this season.
For their part, the Hoops kept up the relentless pace they have set after the winter break with a 4-0 win over Motherwell, but it would have been a travesty if the Bears hadn’t managed to take all three points against Hibs.
With 68% possession, 18 corners, and 16 shots to five, as per the BBC, this was a case of one way traffic for large spells, and Hagi was the main instigator of the away side’s troubles for most of the game.
In the second half in particular he came alive, and his natural intelligence and eye for mischief shone through brightly.
His goal was well-deserved, but perhaps even more exciting is the prospect of just how far he can kick on this season if this performance is anything to go by.
What a signing and what a coup he could turn out to be.
Here are some of the best reactions from delighted Gers…
Hagi is a class act
— JC (@Jameyc11) February 5, 2020
Wee hagi is special, what a baller ♥
— Douglas McLeish (@dudleyTs1) February 5, 2020
Hagi is a pler! Wanted the ball all game and wanted to make things happen. Excited about him!
— DazzaRFC🇬🇧 (@RagnarGers) February 5, 2020
Hagi had an amazing second half as did most of the rangers team. 🔴⚪️🔵
— Paul Hamilton (@PaulHam55102695) February 5, 2020
— Dean Connelly (@deanconnelly1) February 5, 2020
Hagi strolls into the team after a 10 minute cameo against Aberdeen. Looked the most settled and confident on the pitch and bangs the winner. What a boy 💪🏻
— Rob ✌️ (@Robleghorn) February 5, 2020
But we need Ryan Jack back.
— John Hall of Ayr (@JohnBuddyHall) February 5, 2020
Hagi is absolutely sensational. His goal was immense but he was also amazing off the ball.
— James Garrioch (@JamesGarrioch) February 5, 2020
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