By Anthony Onifade

17th Oct, 2023 | 5:40pm

Philippe Clement could look to end Ianis Hagi loan transfer agreement in January, deserves clean slate at Rangers

Rangers made the call to send Ianis Hagi out on loan for the season this summer but new Ibrox manager Philippe Clement could look to end that agreement in January.

The Belgian, former Monaco coach, was announced as the successor to Michael Beale on a deal until 2027 on Sunday (15 October).

Clement takes over a Rangers side who are already seven points adrift of rivals Celtic after eight Scottish Premiership games, meaning he already faces a tall order to wrest the title back to the blue half of Glasgow.

The Belgian will be looking to hit the ground running with his first game against Hibernian on Saturday (21 October) and one of his major tasks will be to get the majority of Beale’s summer signings firing on all cylinders if the Gers are to match it with Celtic again.

However, while Clement will be offering major attention to the players currently at his disposal, he could also in the coming months analyse those who are away from Ibrox temporarily and one key player is Hagi, currently on loan at La Liga side Deportivo Alaves.

So far, the Romanian maestro has played six of their nine La Liga games and has found a new lease of life again in Spain as he looks to impress those at Ibrox.

Every player who has struggled under Beale’s management will surely be given a clean slate under Clement, including Hagi, who lost himself under the former Ibrox manager before being shipped out on loan.

Hagi is an incredibly talented footballer and one who needed to spread his wings elsewhere to realise his undeniable potential and that looks to be the case at Alaves but his Rangers story certainly should not be finished yet.

The Romanian still has a lot to offer as he’s shown previously at Ibrox, where during their title-winning campaign, the playmaker certainly emerged as a swift household favourite at Ibrox registering 18 goal contributions (seven goals and 11 assists) while creating six big chances and making one key pass per game.

The 24-year-old is an excellent and incredibly gifted footballer when fit and firing, and may well have propelled himself to become a vital figure under Beale moving forward.

However, the signings of Sam Lammers, Kieran Dowell and the form of Todd Cantwell hampered his progress at Ibrox before being moved on but that doesn’t mean Clement will take the same view as Beale and he could look to end that loan agreement in the winter transfer window to assess the 24-year-old, on a personal level.

In other Rangers news, Simon Jordan has slammed the board after appointing Clement.