Barry Ferguson: Rangers will not miss Ianis Hagi a great deal
Barry Ferguson believes Rangers will not miss the absence of Ianis Hagi to a great deal after his recent Covid-19 positive test.
According to The Scottish Sun, this means that he may have to isolate for as many as twenty days.
If he is deemed to be symptomatic, then he will not be able to join the Rangers squad until September 27 which will see him miss the St. Johnstone, Lyon, Motherwell, Livingston and Dundee matches.
However, Ferguson believes that Gers shouldn’t fret over his absence while Celtic should be more worried as Kyogo Furuhashi’s absence will be felt dearly.
Speaking on The Go Radio Football Show, he said, “I think Rangers could deal without Hagi but Kyogo is Celtic’s best player.
“You see the start to the season he’s had, I think it’s six goals he’s scored. I don’t think they have anybody to replace him.
“In terms of Hagi, I think Rangers have players who could come in to that position and play no problem.”
Gers wouldn’t be happy to see one of their players miss out for five games, but they wouldn’t be as upset as Celtic fans would be as Kyogo has been one of their best players this season, scoring seven goals in his first nine appearances.
Hagi has been an extremely versatile and reliable option for Steven Gerrard and the Rangers boss would certainly want him in his squad.
However, it’s not a position that’s short on depth and the defending Scottish champions will survive in his absence.
This season, he has been deployed on the right as well as on the left side of the Rangers attack, but a lot of the times there were absentees in the side.
However, with Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent, Fashion Sakala, Joe Aribo and Scott Arfield all capable of playing there, Gerrard is spoilt for choice in that department.
It’s now time for the defending champions to capitalise on Kyogo’s absence and build up a sizeable lead on Celtic.
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