By Sam Stone

5th May, 2023 | 5:10pm

Ianis Hagi could exit Rangers in 'interesting' Ibrox development - pundit

Barry Ferguson believes Ianis Hagi could potentially leave Rangers in order to raise funds for Michael Beale in the summer transfer window.

The Daily Record claimed (1 May) that the 24-year-old, along with Glen Kamara, John Lundstram, Borna Barisic and Ben Davies could be sold to generate funds.

Ferguson has since suggested (Daily Record column, 5 May) that Hagi could be one of the players “offloaded” in order to support Beale in the transfer market.

“How are Rangers going to raise the money required for this rebuild, are they going to look to sell some of the players who are in contract,” said Ferguson.

“Is someone such as Ianis Hagi, who’s tied down on a longer deal, going to be offloaded to try to finance moves for players who have been targeted by Beale?

“This is going to be another interesting aspect of the plan going forward.”

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On the cards

Hagi moving on is on the cards. He only signed a new contract recently but has struggled to make an impact since returning from injury. Beale needs players who he trusts and the Romanian has yet to make an impression under the new boss.

We’ve previously seen how impressive he has been, but it’s clear Beale doesn’t trust him in crunch situations. This summer will be massive for the 24-year-old. He has to ensure he stays injury free and contributes during pre-season. He’s an excellent option on his day and definitely still has a future at Ibrox.

However, we are yet to see how the Light Blue boss will be backed or whether he will need to generate his own funds. If he has to sell to buy, then Hagi would be one of the more valuable players to move on. He’s still relatively young and on a long contract which could see Rangers land a decent fee.

In other Rangers news, John Bennett and other investors are said to be ready to dig deep to stump up new transfer cash.