By Dr Rajpal Brar

20th May, 2023 | 8:10am

Rangers attacker Ianis Hagi unlikely to play full 90 minutes this season - Injury Expert

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Ianis Hagi is unlikely to play the whole 90 minutes again for Rangers this season amid his lack of match sharpness, claims Dr Rajpal Brar.

The injury expert believes that as the Romanian is back from a long-term lay-off, three reasons will be taken into consideration.

Apart from his match fitness, his confidence will also be shaken up after so many months out of action and also the rhythm of managing one’s body for the entirety of the game.

Discussing his situation exclusively with Ibrox News, Brar, a doctor in physical therapy and a sports scientist, said, “After an extended absence, I doubt [if he plays 90 minutes again] as you have to be very methodical with a player’s return to play because of the lack of match fitness, rhythm, and confidence.

“Playing reserve games can be helpful but nothing prepares you for first-team football.”

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The 24-year-old played his first match of the season towards the end of January when he came off the bench in the 2-0 win over St Johnstone.

Since then, he’s made a number of appearances off the bench and was given his first start on 7 May against Aberdeen, but he played just 66 minutes.

He was once again moved to the bench by Michael Beale for the 3-0 win over Celtic, but he did bring him on in the second half.

In other Rangers news, the club are clearly playing a sick joke with their supporters after they made an announcement about a senior player.