By Nick Ware

28th Mar, 2021 | 3:30pm

Ex-Romania boss hits out at Rangers over Ianis Hagi treatment

Former Romania manager Christoph Daum has questioned Steven Gerrard’s selection policy at Rangers amid a perceived Ianis Hagi snub. 

German-born Daum has led a storied coaching career that has included spells at Bayer Leverkusen and Besiktas but his most recent post was as manager of Romania between 2016-17.

In an interview with Romanian outlet Play Sport he waxed lyrical about Hagi, who scored his first international goal against North Macedonia on Thursday.

Daum said: “He is a very talented player. Sometimes I watch Glasgow Rangers matches, and he’s not in the top 11, and I don’t understand why?

“That Glasgow [Rangers] is not Manchester City, for example… And I no longer understand how he trains and how he develops performance, given that he is not always in the top 11.

“Of course, we accept [Steven] Gerrard’s choices, but we all know that Ianis is a player, excellent and very talented.”

Bizarre City swipe

This all seems like rather bizarre sour grapes from a man out of touch with the realities of modern club football and hints at pandering to the Romania media that he was speaking to.

Hagi has seen plenty of first-team action at Rangers this season and he will break the 40-game barrier in his next outing.

He has started in over half (20/33) of our Premiership fixtures while five starts in the Europa League proper is not bad going.

With fixtures coming thick and fast this season rotation has been key for Steven Gerrard, particular in the forward areas.

The 22-year-old had to bide his time in the early stages of the campaign but he sprung to life in December and hasn’t looked back since.

Daum’s jibe that we are ‘not Manchester City’ is a poor attempt at undermining the club.

We don’t have the limitless resources afforded to Pep Guardiola’s side but we still have a strong squad capable of going toe-to-toe with top teams in Europe, as Portuguese giants Benfica will attest to.

Hagi has shown flashes of brilliance but he still has more work to do in order to become a mainstay of this Rangers team.

In other Rangers news, Leon Balogun details how far coaching staff go to remove any Celtic affiliations.