Ianis Hagi scored the only goal of the match as Rangers beat Hibernian 1-0 at Ibrox on Boxing Day and as good as the goal was, most of the talk was centred on the Romanian’s awkward celebration.

Hagi, 22, arrived at the back post to slot the ball into the Hibs goal after a very well-worked, patient bit of build-up play by the Gers.

However, nothing about his celebration matched the elegance of the goal.

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Hagi seemed to find the only dry patch of grass on the entire Ibrox pitch to attempt a knee slide on. As a result, he fell forward and rolled over.

Fortunately, the Romania international has confirmed via his personal Instagram account that he did not injure himself with the failed knee slide.

He said: “Always dreamed of playing on Boxing Day. Three points and a goal, made my dream come true even better.

“P.S. my knees are fine.”

New lease of life for Hagi

Hagi has faced criticism from sections of Rangers supporters this season for not being able to have as much influence on matches as many would have hoped.

However, in the last few weeks, it’s fair to say that the former Genk attacker has been Steven Gerrard’s best player.

Hagi came off the bench to assist a goal in the 3-1 win against Motherwell before scoring in Scottish Premiership victories over St Johnstone and Hibs.

According to stats by Wyscout, Hagi averages more assists per 90 minutes than any other player in the Scottish Premiership [0.46].

He’s also completed more smart passes [20] than any other player and ranks second in the league for key passes per 90 minutes [1.11].

Gerrard was criticised for playing Hagi out wide and not in a more central role behind a striker but the young Romanian has grown into that role and has really started to repay the faith his manager has shown in him.

Let’s get behind Hagi from now on. He’s one of the best attacking players in Scottish football and the numbers show that.

He just needs to work on his celebrations.

In other Rangers news, here’s what Michael Beale was noticed doing on the touchline.

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