Former Rangers player Kyle Lafferty predicts big things in the future for Ianis Hagi and said he could go on to go down in history as a legend at Ibrox.
The pair never had the chance to play together as Lafferty left Ibrox a few months before Hagi arrived, but he believes the youngster is beginning to really display his talent.
Hagi has 16 goal contributions this season and has nailed down a spot in Steven Gerrard’s starting eleven in recent weeks.
Lafferty told Romanian outlet Prosport, “I saw quality in Ianis Hagi. He had some problems at one point with an injury, but now things have settled down and I can say he’s fantastic.
“He is a player who will mark the history of Rangers in the coming years and, if he is not transferred to another team, he has the potential to become a legend of the club.
“It’s like a rising stallion, he’s going to give his best in the years to come. I’m sure he will go very high.”
How far can he go?
Hagi comes from a good footballing background given his father’s stellar career, and that could lead to ambitions of playing abroad one day.
That could be the only thing that stops him from creating a legacy at Ibrox, as he is fast becoming one of our best creative players.
A return of nine assists ranks Hagi joint top in the Gers squad with James Tavernier (WhoScored), yet he has started 12 games less than the right-back.
He has also managed 1.2 key passes per game and is a player who can produce match-winning quality.
His winner against St. Johnstone last week was a fine example of that, as he skipped past two players before firing into the bottom corner.
It is easy to forget he is only 22.
As Lafferty alludes to, Hagi is constantly developing and he is now better suited to Stevie G’s style of play.
An increase from 75% pass accuracy in 2019/20 to 81% this term is evidence of that (WyScout), and it indicates that he is taking on board his manager’s advice.
We are all aware of the skill and flair he possesses but it is important he knows when to turn it on and when to keep things simple.
Gerrard is the man to nurture his development even further, as we have seen, and Hagi is also likely learning from players such as Kemar Roofe and Scott Arfield.
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