By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Dec, 2021 | 7:40am

Ianis Hagi apologises to Rangers fans after moment almost proved costly v Dundee United

Rangers forward Ianis Hagi has apologised to the fans after he almost cost his side two points against Dundee United on Saturday.

The Romanian international gifted possession to the visitors yesterday (18 December) after attempting a Rabona, and they almost scored from it with just a few seconds left in the game.

It was a heart-in-mouth moment for Rangers who eventually won 1-0, and Hagi was very quick to hold his hands up at full-time, telling the fans sorry during his interview.

He told Rangers TV after the game: “First of all, I want to start by apologising to the fans for the last-minute Rabona. I know that is not Rangers standard.

“I got a little bit carried away. I wanted to start with that. Getting the three points at home, I think that is the most important thing.

“The game wasn’t one of the best, but we have experience from last season that sometimes when you are not playing well, I think the three points is the main objective.

“Even in tough moments, you have to come away with the three points and I think that is what we did.

“Now we will relax for a little bit, take some days off and then switch on as fast as possible for what is ahead because the three games are really important for us.”

Lucky lad

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points, but Hagi’s showboating almost cost them two points.

Darren Watson headed off the crossbar in stoppage time, with Allan McGregor unable to get his hands on the effort.

The Rangers forward should have known better than attempting to pull off tricks with just a goal advantage to his side.

Hagi was below par against Dundee, and he needs to cut out unnecessary skills from his game.

He should be scoring and assisting more instead, and his return of three goals and four assists in 23 games in all competitions in 2021-22 is simply not good enough.

He will learn from this experience going forward without a doubt, and Rangers will be looking to improve after struggling against the covid-19-hit visitors.

The victory put them in a commanding position before Celtic play their game in hand, and life under GvB has continued to go well.

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