The Scottish Premiership outfit got off to a remarkable start to the 2020-2021 term, with ex-Real Madrid star Ianis’ son playing a key role
Rangers are “the best team in Europe”, according to Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi, who insists Steven Gerrard’s side are the team “everyone is only talking about” on the British shores.
The Scottish Premiership outfit had a remarkable start to the 2020-21 term, undefeated in the top flight and well ahead of its rivals Celtic, although they have three other games to their credit.
Hagi’s son Ianis – a fully-fledged Romanian international – was one of the stars at the heart of Gerrard’s revolution in the Gers this year, making a full-time stint at Ibrox in May after impressing with the loan of Genk.
Yet, back in his homeland, fans feel the 22-year-old is underutilized, despite having played 18 of 21 top-tier games this quarter, starting 11 of them. .
His father however – an elder Barcelona and real Madrid star during his playing days and winner of the UEFA Cup with Galatasaray in 2000 – hit back at critics, pointing out that his son plays a vital role in a great team.
“He signed for the Rangers,” Hagi said GSP. “He played and will play when the coach thinks he is.”
“He plays every three days in Scotland and i think so far he’s played the most of all attacking players. He played the most minutes.
“They’re playing for a phenomenal team, the best in Europe. They’re the only team that hasn’t lost a game and they’ve conceded the fewest goals.
“In Great Britain everyone talks about Rangers. Steven Gerrard has done a good job, the team is united and strong. Ianis did very well too, he was ranked the best passer in Scotland.”
“There is competition in the big clubs! I went to Real Madrid and Barcelona, sometimes I played and sometimes not. [Rangers] have not lost a single match in the league or in Europe. Think about it.
“He feels good there, he’s competitive and it’s not easy to play for Rangers. He wants it and you will see that he will play. The club are happy with him, they see him very well.
“He will grow a lot in terms of mentality there, in power and playing without the ball. The football is more direct, stronger there. He will improve.”