Noel Whelan has questioned claims that Rangers new boy Ianis Hagi could be worth £84 million in a couple of years’ time.
The Romanian playmaker has impressed since arriving at Ibrox on loan from Genk in January, and scored his first goal for his new club in the late 2-1 win over Hibernian last week.
Since then, Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali has suggested that the 21-year-old could be worth €100 million [£84m] in two seasons’ time.
But the former Aberdeen striker is sceptical.
Speaking to Football Insider: “Only a player can make himself worth the money by putting in the performances, and not just over one game or two games.
“It’s over a consistent period of three seasons.
“I don’t think he’ll go for that kind of money.
“I think Stevie G knows he’s got a very good player, but he also knows that he’s going to take time to settle to his new environment. It’s a completely different league, he’s a very technical kind of player, but he’ll soon find out that sometimes you’ve got to adapt and change your game when you’re playing away on a muddy, bobbly pitch.
“You have to learn how to be a little it stronger and mentally tougher, and do the horrible side of the game a little bit more. That will make him a better player as well.
“There’s no doubt that the kid’s got talent, but it’s going to take time.”
Could Hagi be worth that much one day?
It’s impossible to say for certain, but it seems somehow unlikely.
That’s no slight on the youngster, who has been superb since arriving in Glasgow, but £84 million is an elite-level fee, and it’s hard to see how he’s going to reach that kind of status in just two years.
Of course, we can’t rule anything out, but for now, let’s just be grateful that he has hit the ground running so effectively in Glasgow.
Prior to Wednesday’s clash with Kilmarnock he was registering an average of 6.5 successful dribbles and 3.18 shots on target per 90 minutes, as per Wyscout.
In short, he has brought some much needed invention to the table, regardless of how much money he is worth.
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