Alex McLeish fires back as Rangers labelled disgraceful over Ianis Hagi request
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Alex McLeish has reacted to Rangers rejecting an approach from Romania to take Ianis Hagi to the upcoming Olympics this summer.
The Bears have been labelled “disgraceful” by legendary Romanian manager Mircea Lucescu for denying their playmaker the chance.
McLeish has insisted that it will take an emotional outburst from Hagi himself to overturn the decision, despite it being reasonable.
Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I guess that it would probably have needed to have been an emotional outburst from Hagi himself.
“I remember being involved in something like this when at Rangers, and we did give permission at the time, but they felt that we pay his wages and they are the bosses.
“It’s a natural honour, but in this case, it just couldn’t be done and that is perfectly reasonable, but the outpouring of nationalism will come to the fore.”
Hagi may have enjoyed the chance to play for his country at the Olympics, but there are bigger things at stake at Ibrox over the summer.
If granted permission to leave, Steven Gerrard would have been without one of his brightest talents for the Champions League qualifiers; something we couldn’t risk.
Surely, the Romanian would rather play in the biggest club competition in the world, and if he missed the qualifier, the bench would be waiting for him should we qualify.
Sometimes you have to put your club first, no matter how much national pride you have, it’s not as though the Olympics are a massive goal of any footballer growing up, the Champions League certainly is.