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Alex McLeish has claimed that Rangers playmaker Ianis Hagi will be full of confidence after another goal in the 1-0 win over Hibernian.

The Romanian made it three goals in his last three starts at Ibrox, with his goal enough for all three points against a stubborn Hibs side.

McLeish admitted that Hagi has recognised he isn’t guaranteed to start, and that he must perform with the huge amount of competition around him in the final third.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Hagi will probably have come across thinking he would be a fixture, but he’ll now realise how big of a club Rangers is.

“He’ll realise that he’s in a queue of strikers and midfielders, and may the best man win. He’s not an out-and-out striker, he’s more of a winger or number 10, but he’ll get the odd goal, which he did over the weekend.

“His goals will have given him more confidence.”

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Hagi was brimming with confidence on Saturday.

The 22-year-old burst onto to Kemar Roofe’s ball into the box with great awareness and finished superbly in a game lacking huge chances in open play.

The Romanian was at the heart of everything for the Bears, having three shots on goals, completing two dribbles and even a tackle according to WhoScored.

After being sat on the bench for the weeks, Hagi has earned undroppable status at Ibrox in the space of five days with his performances – long may it continue.

In other Rangers news, Alex McLeish backs struggling Bears ace despite 1 goal in 20 games

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