By Nick Ware

25th May, 2021 | 1:10pm

Rangers ace Ianis Hagi eyes future Galatasaray move

Ianis Hagi has spoken of his desire to play for Galatasaray in the future, amid recent reports linking him with a move away from Rangers this summer.

Romanian news outlet Sport claimed earlier this month that German side Bochum, recently promoted to the Bundesliga, were in ‘last-minute negotiations’ for the 22-year-old, joining European giants Sevilla and Lazio in the hunt for Hagi.

Now Hagi has admitted he has eyes for Galatasaray, but stopped short of pushing for an imminent move there to a club where his dad, Gheorghe Hagi, became a legend, making 192 appearances for the Turkish side between 1996-2001.

Romanian journalist Emanuel Rosu relayed quotes from Hagi on his personal Twitter profile on Monday night.

“One day, I’d like to play for Galatasaray,” he said.

“It’s a club I love, I grew up with that club in my heart. I was born there.

“I don’t know what the future holds, but I have feelings for that club.”

Later down the line

Hagi might be yearning for a move to Galatasaray but at such a young age he has plenty of time left to achieve that goal.

He only joined the Light Blues in January 2020, initially on a loan deal before some impressive performances convinced Steven Gerrard to sanction his permanent signing four months later.

The former Genk player has flattered to deceive at times and he was struggling to get into Gerrard’s starting XI at the beginning of the campaign, but he roared to life in the second half of the season and was a regular as the Gers waltzed the Scottish Premiership, picking up the title after avoiding defeat in all 38 games.

Scott Wright joined in February and he is sure to give Hagi a run for his money on the right-hand side of the attack next season, but that’s exactly what this squad needs.

We need quality in all areas of the pitch, and multiple talents competing for starting berths.

Hagi can also play more centrally and that might play to his advantage in the Champions League next season if Gerrard adopts a more pragmatic 4-2-3-1 formation, to ensure he has two holding midfielders protecting his central defenders and wingers to help his full-backs.

There is certainly a lot more for Hagi to achieve at Rangers, so we hope it’s a long while yet before he returns to Turkey.

In other Rangers news, a former Premier League referee believes this Gers talent is set to receive a “big ban” after major incident.