By Mike Slater

9th Sep, 2021 | 7:10am

Ianis Hagi avoids 20-day Rangers isolation period

Rangers star Ianis Hagi was rocked with the news that he had tested positive for COVID-19 this week during the international break.

Having starred in the early games of the break with Romania, it was then suggested he could be forced to isolate for 20 days.

The Sun has now reported that Hagi has avoided that nightmare situation, and may now only miss Saturday’s game with St Johnstone.

It is suggested that strict rules in North Macedonia, where Hagi tested positive, meant that those experiencing symptoms have to isolate for longer.

The playmaker was suffering from a headache during the time of the positive test, meaning he wasn’t asymptomatic.

Romania and their FA are said to have reached a compromise though, and that will see his isolation cut in half now.

That means that Hagi could be available for that crunch Europa League opener against Lyon next week.

Brilliant news.

Steven Gerrard himself has come out of isolation this week after close contact and will be boosted by this news.

Of course, losing Hagi for Saturday’s trip to McDiarmid Park isn’t great, but slashing his potential isolation time in half is perfect.

Rangers have really been hit hard by COVID-19 in recent weeks, but that win over Celtic with a depleted squad and then welcoming players back during the break will make up for it.

Hagi may be one of the only faces missing this weekend at St Johnstone, and once his period of isolation is done, we could have a clean bill of health on that front.

Given he tested positive during the international break, it shouldn’t affect anyone at Ibrox either as we return to domestic action.

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