By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Sep, 2021 | 2:30pm

Gheorghe Hagi: Rangers ace Ianis Hagi is recovering from covid-19

Rangers attacker Ianis Hagi is home in Romania and recuperating well after contracting the coronavirus, according to his father Gheorghe.

The 22-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 prior to his country’s World Cup qualifiers in North Macedonia.

Hagi had to be immediately flown back home as those who test positive with symptoms are ordered to isolate for 20 days in North Macedonia, and has now been in a 14-day self-isolation.

Hagi will miss Thursday’s Europa League clash as a result but is getting better, and that is good news for the Bears.

“Ianis is fine, he is at home, he is feeling better and better,” Gheorghe said (via Glasgow Live).

“He is undergoing treatment and we hope to get out of isolation as soon as possible. He is at home, in Bucharest.”

Boost?

Getting the Rangers ace out of North Macedonia is a huge boost as it saves the club an additional six days that would have been spent isolating.

He already missed the St. Johnstone clash, and could now be unavailable against Lyon and Motherwell.

Should he return a negative test and become immediately ready for action, Hagi could be available to face Livingston later this month.

That is not a given, though, as he still needs to prove his match fitness when he comes out of isolation.

Should the September 22 game come too early for him, he should be available three days later when the Bears visit Dundee, or for the Europa League trip to Sparta Prague on the last day of the month.

Rangers also have Connor Goldson currently self-isolating, and he is a doubt for Thursday’s clash after missing this weekend’s game.

Steven Gerrard’s side has struggled with staying away from the coronavirus this season, with a majority of their squad missing the last two games prior to the international break due to the need to isolate.

In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson says he’s surprised Bears didn’t sign 21y/o ace in the summer.