Jackie McNamara has suggested that Rangers new boy Ianis Hagi has the potential to be a real success at Ibrox. 

The Romanian hit the winning goal in the Gers’ late 2-1 win over Hibernian on Wednesday night – a strike that marked his full debut for his new side.

And McNamara was impressed with what he saw from the 21-year-old.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “I thought he took his goal well, good finish. Seeing clips of him he’s taking the ball, taking free-kicks and stuff.

“He’s clearly backing himself, got a lot of confidence and he looks a real good player and a good prospect.

“He [Gerrard] made some changes, kept him on and he’s taken the goal very well.”

How good was Hagi last night?

In a word, superb.

You would never have thought that this was the wide man’s debut at Ibrox – he put in the kind of performance you might expect from a seasoned veteran of the Scottish game.

Not only did he score the winner in brilliant fashion, but he ran Hibs ragged, and he was arguably the most potent attacking force on display throughout the match.

Hagi registered five successful dribbles, had a pass completion rate of 81%, and made five progressive runs, as per Wyscout.

The most exciting thing, however, was the fact that you got the impression there was still more to come.

If he can kick on in the second half of this season and begin to realise his obvious potential, what a signing he will prove to be.

In other Rangers news, Confirmed – Gers 25y/o set to miss Braga clash after official Gerrard call.


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