Last month, Rangers FC finally managed to sign Ianis Hagi on a permanent deal from Genk after having brought him on loan a couple of months ago.
The 21-year-old joined the Gers in January on a loan spell and in such a short span of time, the attacking midfielder was able to impress the coaching staff and management at Ibrox. So much so that Rangers were willing to battle Napoli for the youngster’s signature.
Rangers FC announced the signing via an official statement which read: “RANGERS can confirm that Ianis Hagi has agreed to join the club on a permanent, long term deal, with the Light Blues having negotiated their option to buy.”
And now speaking about his son joining the Glasgow side, Gheorghe Hagi(who’s played for teams like Barcelona and Real Madrid) has claimed that his Ianis joined the right club for a couple of reasons.
Hagi Senior said, as per Record Sport: “I’m confident Ianis will be a better player than I was.
“I trust Ianis. I am convinced he is part of a generation of young Romanian players who will make the national team great again. He has progressed, gained experience, he’s become more mature and he’s worked hard to get this transfer. He’s had to suffer a lot and he’s learned a lot.
“Ianis has signed for the ideal club for him because he is working with an extraordinary manager who appreciates him very much and he’s playing for a great side. Rangers are perfect for him because they have the best mentality I have ever seen at a club – they are a big club who have to win. He is working with a great manager in a perfect environment for him because the mindset of Rangers is only to win.
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I’m extremely happy and proud to be part of the @RangersFC family and represent the colours of such a huge club permanently. I can’t wait to meet up with the boys, play at Ibrox again and keep enjoying moments with our amazing fans! 💙🤍 I also want to thank @krcgenkofficial and the supporters for the help and affection that you have shown me. I wish you the best of luck. #faith
“His manager believes in him and thinks he can make him one of the best players in the world. Steven Gerrard has lived through this before. He knows what to do with Ianis and I know he will make him a better player.
“He’s with the right club and I know he will get better every day. He will be a bigger player than me if he keeps working hard and learning.”
During the 2019-20 season, Ianis Hagi has played in 12 games across all competitions for Rangers FC, scoring three goals and making two assists.