It has been a difficult start to the season for Ianis Hagi, but the Romanian must buck the trend of poor Europa League performances if he features on Thursday night.

After initially joining the club last season to much fanfare, Hagi has come back down to earth this season.

He has only started 12 games across all competitions and has found the back of the net once.

While he has six assists to his name, his overall performances have not lived up to expectations, with an average WhoScored rating of just 6.69.

With qualification to the knockout stages already secured, he could be one of the players afforded an opportunity to impress away to Lech Poznan on Thursday night, as Gerrard looks to rotate his squad.

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European struggles

It is in the Europa League where Hagi has looked particularly poor this season, recording a lowly average WhoScored rating of 6.36.

According to Wyscout, he is averaging fewer touches in the penalty area in Europe (3.08) compared to his league form (5.38).

Per 90 minutes, he is also averaging more shots on target, successful dribbles, crosses and progressive runs domestically, according to Wyscout.

Interestingly, five of his assists this season have come when playing in a central position, as per Transfermarkt. However, in Europe, he has only been played out wide – which could give Gerrard something to think about as he prepares to pick his team to face Lech Poznan.

Gheorghe Hagi previously predicted that this son could grow to become ‘one of the best players in the world’ at Rangers, but he’s at risk of fading into merely a squad option if he cannot buck this trend.

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