By Peter Lynch

7th May, 2023 | 8:40pm

Rangers could ‘lean more heavily’ on injury-prone Ianis Hagi after Malik Tillman development

Rangers could “lean more heavily” on Ianis Hagi next season despite his injury struggles, according to journalist Graeme Macpherson.

Hagi has been limited to just four Scottish Premiership appearances in the current campaign due to a knee injury.

But Gers boss Michael Beale may turn to the Romanian due to the impending exit of Ryan Kent and the uncertain future of Malik Tillman.

“This is Hagi’s fourth season at Rangers but he has so far played in only one from start to finish, having arrived halfway through the Covid-curtailed season before subsequently missing a year of action due to a serious knee injury,” Macpherson wrote for The Scotsman.

“With Ryan Kent likely to leave the club and no guarantees that Malik Tillman will return from Bayern Munich, Rangers could come to lean more heavily on Hagi moving forward.”

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There is no doubting Hagi’s ability, with the attacker proving his worth to Rangers fans when free from injury. Unfortunately, however, his chances to impress have been few and far between due to his seemingly constant injury struggles.

Beale will definitely bring in several new faces to bolster his squad this summer, but there will be a core who will remain a key part of the squad going forward, with Hagi hoping to be on that list.

And his chances are definitely increasing given the likely exit of Kent and the potential of no Ibrox return for Tillman.

Hagi will be keeping an eye on the futures of those playing in a similar position to him, but his main focus will be on returning to full fitness and finding his feet at Ibrox once more ahead of a big campaign next time out.

There is very little to play for this time around for Rangers in general, but several players – including Hagi – can make the most of this as they play for their places in next season’s starting XI.

In other Rangers news, one pundit has urged the club to be more like Celtic in the transfer window as they’re letting Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos leave for free.