Kris Boyd has showered Rangers playmaker Ianis Hagi in praise after his performance in the 1-0 win over Hibernian on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard kept the likes of Hagi and Joe Aribo in his side after they were welcomed back into the starting XI against St. Johnstone last week.
The Romanian scored the opener and made it three starts in a row where he has found the back of the net for the Bears.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ live coverage of the game, Boyd claimed that Hagi makes the Gers tick in midfield when he is allowed to get on the ball.
“I must say, it’s brilliant from Ianis Hagi,” he said.
“We don’t see it a lot in the modern-day, players getting across, in-front of the defenders. From Rangers point of view, you’ve got to have players wanting to run and attack, and that’s exactly what Hagi does and it’s a great finish.
“He makes Rangers tick, he looks for little passes and when you’re adding goals and assists to your game it does no harm.”
In familiar fashion, Hibernian sat behind the ball and looked to counter-attack Rangers, so it was critical that they gained the lead as soon as possible.
Kemar Roofe got the assist, and his cross seemed like a ‘hit and hope’ sort of ball until Hagi arrived to smash it home to give his side the lead.
The 22-year-old has been expected to score more than he has managed this season according to WyScout, so it is brilliant to see him start to improve his efficiency.
After being dropped from the starting XI for a number of weeks, this is exactly the response Gerrard will have wanted from Hagi, who is really starting to prove himself again.
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