Hagi expected to deliver for Rangers

28 May 2020 20:06:21 GMTPlus10

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has backed Ianis Hagi to handle the pressures of playing for the Ibrox club.

The son of Romanian legend Gheorghe, 21-year-old Hagi has agreed terms on a permanent three-year deal with Rangers after impressing whilst on loan at the club this season.

Hagi has made 12 appearances for the Gers this season and scored three goals since joining on a temporary basis from Belgian club KRC Genk in January.

As part of the loan agreement, Rangers had an option to buy the Romanian international and are understood to have paid around £3million for him.

The transfer will be confirmed when the summer transfer window opens.

Hagi says he knocked back interest from elsewhere to remain at Ibrox and has insisted that it was his "priority was always to return to Glasgow and play for Rangers".

The 21-year-old's commitment will be music to the ears of Gers manager Gerrard, who says Hagi has been a pleasure to work with since arriving at the club.

Ending Celtic's domestic dominance is top of Gerrard's ambitions for next season and he believes that Hagi is up to the challenge.

"I was able to develop a relationship with Ianis very quickly, he is a pleasure to coach as he is willing to learn and become better in every training session," Gerrard told the Scotsman.

"He has already experienced the pressure and expectation of Ibrox, I know he is ready for next season.

"Ianis is recognised throughout Europe as a young, exciting player so to have him join Rangers on a permanent basis is great news."

Meanwhile, Scotland are 6.00 to win Euro 2020, while Hagi's Romania are 251.00.

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