By Adefunmiloye Alani

10th Sep, 2021 | 8:40am

Barry Ferguson: Ianis Hagi missing St Johnstone game is blow for Rangers

Rangers resume Scottish Premiership action with a trip to St. Johnstone on Saturday, and they are set to be without Ianis Hagi for the clash.

The 22-year-old Romanian international attacker tested positive for coronavirus while on international duty in North Macedonia, and will now spend days in isolation.

Hagi could return for the Europa League clash with Lyon, but he will not be available for selection for the trip to the Saints, and Barry Ferguson believes it is a blow for Rangers.

“Rangers will have a few of the guys who missed the Celtic game due to Covid back but it looks like Ianis Hagi is next to quarantine,” the former Bears ace wrote in his Daily Record column.

“That’s a blow as he has huge ability but I look at this Rangers squad now and I think they are strong enough to cope when they have injury or Covid situations.

“You’ve got Ryan Kent and Scott Wright, there’s Joe Aribo and Kemar Roofe who can play in Hagi’s slot and there’s also Juninho Bacuna to come into it as well.

“That’s required with the way this Covid thing is going. Hagi is a wizard who can turn a game with a bit of magic but Rangers have enough tricks up their sleeves to reassure me they can cope without him.”

Quality squad depth

Rangers would have loved to have Hagi available for selection, but their squad depth means they can afford to be without his services and not particularly feel it.

Despite missing a large chunk of their squad against Celtic, Steven Gerrard’s side managed to secure a morale-boosting victory at Ibrox, and that could make all the difference this term.

Rangers’ quality depth has been made possible after the club opted against cashing in on their most valuable players during the summer transfer window.

Having missed out on Champions League football, it did not do them a lot of good financially and it could still have consequences and impacts going forward, but its advantages would surpass its disadvantages if the Ibrox outfit end up retaining the title and going on to impress in Europa.

The Light Blues are also looking to win the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup, and completing a domestic treble would be huge.

With this current squad, Rangers have what it takes to win it all this term on the local scene, and that should be the aim.

In other Rangers news, Bears ace has handed Gerrard injury boost ahead of St. Johnstone trip.