By Doug Ward

21st Sep, 2021 | 1:34pm

Gary McAllister shares Rangers team news ahead of clash v Livingston

Ianis Hagi is “back” and available to play for Rangers against Livingston in the Scottish League Cup on Wednesday, Gary McAllister has confirmed.

Hagi, 22, has been absent since being an unused substitute for the Gers when they beat Celtic prior to the last international break.

He’s now set to return to the action on Wednesday when the Light Blues welcome Livi to Ibrox.

While McAllister has confirmed that Hagi is returning, he’s ruled Ryan Kent and Ryan Jack out of the game and Nathan Patterson is making progress after an ankle injury.

“Ianis is back and trained, he looked pretty sharp,” said McAllister on Tuesday, as quoted by the official Rangers Twitter account.

“Ryan Kent will be missing. Patterson has had an ankle issue recently but he trained and looked sharp today.

“Ryan Jack is still missing and working hard to get back to full fitness.”

Big boost

It has been a slow start to the season for Rangers and many of Steven Gerrard’s players have underperformed.

However, Hagi is someone who started the season well for the Light Blues prior to his injury issue with the Romania international scoring two goals and assisting once in his six appearances across all competitions so far this term.

It’s hardly a coincidence that we lost both ties against Malmo without Hagi in the starting line-up while the defeat to Dundee United and draw with Motherwell were also suffered without the Romanian.

We need him back badly as our attack seems so much sharper when he’s involved.

None of Gerrard’s players can say they have performed better than, or even as good as, they did last season as we won the Premiership title without suffering a defeat.

We’re into the final third of September and so far, Gerrard has seen his team lose twice to Malmo, lose to Dundee United, lose to Lyon, draw with Motherwell and really struggle to overcome Alashkert over two legs in the Europa League.

Hopefully Hagi’s return sees a change in our fortunes but one man can’t do it alone.

In other Rangers news, an ex-SPFL player has been abused after saying he heard racial abuse at Ibrox on Sunday.