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Alex McLeish has suggested that Rangers playmaker Ianis Hagi could be unhappy with his playing time at Ibrox this season.
The Romanian international has been strongly rotated this season by Steven Gerrard but did start the Scottish Cup defeat against St Johnstone yesterday.
McLeish insisted that the Gers boss will be reluctant to rotate a successful side, something that may affect the development of Hagi.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “That’s definitely right.
“He’s played cameo roles for most of the season. There were doubts about him at Genk, they thought he was just ok, but he’s a young lad.
“For a young player like that, I would say that a lot of the games he has contributed more in than at the beginning which shows his improvements. He’ll probably be upset that he’s not started that much or played.
“Steven has obviously got a game plan, and he is a little reluctant to disrupt that too much.”
Gerrard has found the perfect formula for the majority of the season at Ibrox, and minimal changes have been at the heart of that.
Hagi has still featured regularly, whether starting or on the bench, making 28 appearances; only eight of those are as substitutes.
The playmaker has impressed in those games too, being involved in more goals than Alfredo Morelos, and the same as Ryan Kent.
Those aren’t poor statistics to have at Ibrox, and proves that should he find his right position in this squad, he could easily become even better.
It will take time, but Hagi is certainly one to keep hold of.