By Joe Ellis

15th May, 2022 | 6:38am

Rangers could have Ianis Hagi back fit for finals after Instagram post

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been without Ianis Hagi at Rangers since the Scottish Cup tie against Stirling Albion but that could be about to change.

The Romanian was forced off against the League Two side with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and it was thought that his season was over and he might even miss the beginning of the 2022-23 campaign.

But the 23-year-old is one determined young man and after the club spent £80,000 on his recovery, he could be set for a return in time for Wednesday’s Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Hagi took to his Instagram page to post a very short and simple “stay tuned” message with a countdown to whatever it might be that is being announced.

There is the possibility that it isn’t related to his return to the pitch but he also posted “the comeback” on his story which suggests that he is likely to be back in the fold in time for both the Europa League and the Scottish Cup finals.

Remarkable

After the severity of his injury became public knowledge soon after the Stirling Albion victory, not one Rangers fan had any belief that he would be back playing by the start of next season let alone this campaign.

He has shown an incredible amount of resilience and determination to get himself back to be even close to making the squad when most of us would have already headed off on our summer holidays.

You would imagine that van Bronckhorst is just as shocked at how quickly he’s recovered but a lot of that credit also had to go to the club who have invested heavily in his rehabilitation.

Again, it would have been easy to let him recover in his own time with the chances of returning prior to season’s end slim at best but such is the belief in him, they splashed the cash and it might have worked.

If he does come on in the Seville, he may well get the biggest ovation of anyone after what he’s been through in the past six months or so and if he goes on to score the winner, he’ll be an immediate Ibrox legend.

In other Rangers news, Saturday’s man of the match got a 9/10 in our player ratings but two others disappointed at Tynecastle against Hearts.