By Mike Slater

23rd Sep, 2021 | 7:10am

Stephen Craigan thrilled by Ianis Hagi in Rangers win v Livingston

Rangers cruised into the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup with a 2-0 win over Livingston on Wednesday evening.

The Bears had to wait until the second half to assert their dominance with Kemar Roofe and Alfredo Morelos getting the goals.

Stephen Craigan was most impressed by Ianis Hagi though, who returned as a second-half substitute after his COVID-19 absence.

Speaking on Premier Sports after the Romanian star sealed his return with an assist, Craigan was stunned by his effort.

“Ianis Hagi, he’s an infectious character,” he said.

“He wants to be positive, he wants to take men on. Scott Wright sitting and watching this, this is what you have to do when you’re a wide player.

“Ianis Hagi – it’s all about him.”

Big miss.

Hagi missing for those couple of games certainly didn’t hit us until we saw how much of an impact he made this evening.

The Romanian can create and score goals out of nothing and did just that only a couple of minutes into coming onto the pitch last night.

Steven Gerrard will be already thinking of whether to start him on Sunday against Dundee now, and it would be no surprise to see that happen.

The Bears have struggled to turn their dominance into huge wins this season, with finding the back of the net a big problem.

With Hagi on the pitch, that could suddenly disappear – that’s how good he is at finding space for himself and others in the final third.

After missing some games already, Hagi will be desperate to get back out there again and this Sunday will be the perfect chance.

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