By Jack Cunningham

12th Oct, 2021 | 7:30pm

Rangers star Ianis Hagi defended by Edward Iordanescu

Edward Iordanescu has defended Rangers star Ianis Hagi just a couple of days after the midfielder scored a brilliant goal against Germany.

The former Romanian player believes that people have been too harsh comparing the 22-year-old to his dad or judging him too early in his career [Daily Record].

The winger scored against Germany in a match that ended 2-1 to the hosts and then on Monday against Armenia, Hagi also played well for his country, and Iordanescu heaped loads of praise on the Gers man.

He said: “I feel sorry for Ianis because no one in Romania was patient with him. He was analysed, judged and labelled at too young an age.

“We failed to understand he was just a child, and we wanted him to perform immediately, and of course, we all made the mistake of comparing him to his father, which was totally unfair to both of them.

“Fortunately for him and for the national team, Ianis has shown increasing signs that he will become an outstanding player. Not only for his goal against Germany, but his all-round play.”

Hagi proving the doubters are wrong.

Since making his debut and following in his father’s footsteps, the 22-year-old has made 22 appearances for Romania in which he has scored two goals and provided two assists.

However, it seems that after a slow start to his international career, he is now gaining the recognition that he deserves.

Hagi has been a very good player for Steven Gerrard’s side since joining in January 2020, and it is nice to see that his skill is being recognised on the international stage.

His latest goal for his country was brilliant, and he made Antonio Rudiger look very silly, so hopefully, we can see a bit more of that in a Bears shirt after the international break [Sky Sports YouTube].

We all know how good Hagi can be for his club, and it would be nice to see him take some confidence from his wonderful goal on Friday and take that into the rest of the season.

In other Rangers news, The Times have provided an update Steven Gerrard and Newcastle United.