By Mike Slater

17th May, 2021 | 3:00pm

Rangers deny Ianis Hagi request from Romania, Lucescu labels it 'disgraceful'

Rangers have denied a request from Romania to select Ianis Hagi for the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Should the European side get to the semi-finals, the playmaker would miss crucial qualifiers for the Champions League.

Legendary Romanian manager Mircea Lucescu has savaged the Gers’ decision, labelling their denial as “disgraceful.”

Speaking via Glasgow Live, Lucescu has savaged the decision made by the Bears ahead of the major competition.

“It is completely unacceptable for clubs to refuse to allow Romanian players to compete at the Olympic Games,” he said.

“Do they not understand participation in the Olympic Games raises the value of the players? It’s really disgraceful.”

No need.

Lucescu is clearly passionate about his country, but this would make no sense to Hagi or Rangers.

The playmaker would clearly enjoy playing in the Olympics for his country, but surely he would want to help the Bears qualify for the Champions League.

Hagi wouldn’t be able to live the decision down to leave over the summer and we missed out on the biggest stage of them all.

Celtic failed at one of the first hurdles last season, and with two Champions League spots up for grabs from next season, we need to give Scotland a good name.

Gerrard will want his best players available, and Hagi has been at the heart of some of our biggest moments in recent years, especially in Europe.

This is nowhere near “disgraceful.”

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