Steven Gerrard has heaped praise on Rangers new boy Ianis Hagi for his performance against Hibernian on Wednesday night. 

The Romanian struck a late winner at Ibrox on his full debut to ensure that the Gers stayed within seven points of bitter rivals Celtic at the top of the table.

And his manager was suitably impressed with his contribution.

Speaking to Rangers TV,  he said: “Hagi’s match-winning performance will deserve all the headlines but I thought his general play was outstanding in the second half.

“I think he was coming to terms with the league and what it’s about in the first half but what a performance on your full home debut and the finish is outstanding.

“But we were a lot better across the board second half, we deserved the win in the end. We pushed and pushed, created more chances, and we could have won more convincingly.

“His goal? From the side you’re almost saying ‘take a touch’ because the defender’s five, 10 yards away but what do I know from the side.

“It’s an exquisite finish, right into the side netting next to the post and I thought his second half performance, and just having the character and the personality and the guts and the bravery to receive the ball in any situation, if there’s one man around him, two men around him, he just makes the game look really easy.

“He’s an intelligent player and if that’s the start as he means to go on I’m really looking forward to seeing him play.”

How good was Hagi against Hibs?

If you’re going to announce yourself to the Ibrox faithful, this is the way to do it.

The 21-year-old was different class for much of this match, and while it will be his goal that grabs the headlines – and deservedly so – let’s not forget just how important his overall contribution was to.

Occupying that right hand berth allowed Joe Aribo to drop back into the centre of midfield, and gave the whole side a much more potent dynamic, which was reflected heavily in the stats.

Not only did the Gers have 68% possession, but they also managed 18 corners, and had 16 shots to Hibs’ five, as per the BBC.

With five successful dribbles, five progressive runs, and five touches inside the opposition box, as per Wyscout, it was blatant just how much positivity he brought to the table, and after a period when points have been dropped in disappointing circumstances, his presence was a welcome tonic.

Superb from the young man.

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