Ibrox View: 22y/o sends strong message to Gerrard after 8/10 display for Gers v Lech Poznan
Rangers’ 2-0 win over Lech Poznan on Thursday night was a big moment for the club, as they advanced as winners of Group D, but it could be a sliding doors moment for Ianis Hagi.
Heading into the game, the Romanian was one of a number of players that had a great opportunity to send a reminder to Steven Gerrard in the Europa League.
Hagi did just that, by scoring the second goal of the game, much to Connor Goldson’s annoyance we imagine.
While it was not the most difficult or technical goal that Hagi will ever score, the 22-year-old has to now use this performance as a platform to win back a regular place in Gerrard’s side.
Hagi has only started eight times in the Scottish Premiership this season, with his last appearance in the starting line-up coming against Livingston towards the end of October.
While not being quite at the very high level that Rangers supporters know he can be, the win away to Poznan was one of Hagi’s better performances of the season, with WhoScored awarding him a match rating of 8.22.
You have to go back to the 4-0 win over Dundee United back in September to find a performance where Hagi has matched or improved on that rating.
He only managed to complete 79% of his passes on the night, as per WhoScored, which while not particularly impressive, was an improvement from his previous appearance off the bench against Ross County.
Rangers have a busy period between now and the end of the year, so there could be more opportunities for the 22-year-old on the horizon.
Gerrard’s side have to travel to Premiership strugglers St. Mirren twice, both in the league and League Cup, while the Gers also travel to St. Johnstone before Christmas.
It is the aforementioned Dundee United up next for the league leaders and Sunday’s meeting could be another opportunity for the Romanian to impress.
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