Alex McLeish: Ianis Hagi hits impasse with Rangers over Olympics dispute

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Alex McLeish has fired a big warning at Rangers as their dispute with Romania to use Ianis Hagi in the Olympics continues.

The playmaker has revealed his desire to represent his country, which could see him miss the Champions League qualifiers.

McLeish insisted that the Bears have hit an impasse with Hagi, who may argue that his human rights have been disrespected.

Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “It is like that when you reach an impasse.

“The player wants to go and represent his country, and as I’ve said, I’ve had issues like that at Rangers before.

“We got hammered by the human rights aspect then. The insistence on the player to come was then embroiled in that.

“It got to the point where it’s like this player has to go.”

Steven Gerrard will want all of his players available for the Champions League qualifiers, but Hagi would only miss them if he reaches the semi-finals.

There is likely to be a small chance of that happening, so the Romanian could be back in time to feature on the bench at least.

We believe that it isn’t worth the hassle that this could cause, and could even get to the point where Hagi is unhappy at Ibrox.

McLeish believes that the Bears won’t have a choice sooner rather than later, and it may be time to bite the bullet, and just say yes; what’s the worst that could happen?

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