Director and scout at Romania side Astra Giurgiu Valeriu Rachita has urged Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi to leave the club in January.

The Romanian international has seen his opportunities limited in recent weeks and the 23-year-old has started just eight of Rangers’ 17 Scottish Premiership fixtures so far this season.

Hagi has scored once and provided six assists in the league, as well as bagging his first Europa League goal of the season against Lech Poznan earlier this month (via WhoScored).

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Speaking to PRO X, Rachita said that the youngster could miss out on the Romanian squad for Euro 2020 if he does not return to former side Viitorul Constanta.

“I think that if he leaves, he will come back to Ovidiu. Because Viitorul is not in the playoffs and he should be there,” he said (via PRO X).

“He’s going to help the club that enshrined him. Instead of staying at Rangers, I saw that the last period was a reserve, it is better to come, to play a match and to be a captain at Viitorul, taking into account the fact that in summer there is also the European Championship.

“There are also the Olympic Games, where Ianis Hagi will probably be in the team. If he plays less and less for Rangers, Radoi and Mutu will think twice before calling him, because there are other players playing in his position.”

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Competition for places

The 23-year-old is undoubtedly a talented player and one that has impressed in a Rangers shirt on a number of occasions in his short career at Ibrox.

However, with Scott Arfield, Bongani Zungu, Steven Davis, Ryan Jack, Glen Kamara and Joe Aribo all competing for places in midfield, he has fallen out of favour.

Davis and Arfield are both in their 30s though and Hagi can still have a big part to play in the Gers’ future. If he is willing to be patient and work towards earning a regular spot in the team, he can still be a huge success, but the threat of losing out on a place in the Euro 2020 could be crucial.

According to reports in Turkish outlet Hurriyet, there is plenty of interest in the 23-year-old from around the world, so the decision will likely come down to the player and his manager.

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