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Alex McLeish believes that Ianis Hagi is set to keep his spot in the Rangers side for the Europa League clash against Slavia Praha.
Kemar Roofe returned to the bench in the first-leg and came on to the pitch for the final 10 minutes after his recent injury struggles.
McLeish was impressed by Hagi in the playmaker role and believes that his improved strength has seen him become more of a threat.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “Steven has done a wonderful job with his selections this season.
“Hagi had a really good game last week with his beautiful cut-back for the goal. He has grown into the team as well, and now we’re not only seeing his skills but he has that strength now.
“I don’t know if he’ll want to bring Roofe back into that side.”
Hagi has been superb all season.
The Romanian is usually the one player to drop out when changes are being made, with the playmaker making eight substitute appearances at Ibrox.
Only Scott Arfield and Cedric Itten have made more appearances off the bench from permanent Bears players, with Steven Gerrard rotating frequently.
Hagi was vital for Filip Helanders’ equalising goal last week, and the Bears will want him to exploit those similar areas this evening.
With Roofe not having much football, it would be smart to use him as a strong option off the bench should he be needed.
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