Rangers midfielder Ianis Hagi created the only goal of the game for Scott Arfield‘s opener against Livingston on Sunday, but the Romanian was played out of position by manager Steven Gerrard.
The Gers boss employed the 21-year-old on the right-hand side at the weekend, even though he prefers to play through the middle. Supporters on Twitter believe that Hagi would be better suited in the number 10 role:
Boys on a different wavelength from the rest
— ‘ (@RFCNC72) 17 February 2020
Hagi is wasted out wide, play him in the middle where he can influence the game. We have a number 10 but playing him out wide just stupid.
— Scott Cowan (@scotty_boi11) 16 February 2020
When we’re playing most teams at Ibrox we should play Jack & Davis with Hagi in front of them, no need for 3 central midfielder’s
— Fazman (@Faz_50) 17 February 2020
Need someone naturally suited to playing on the right, hagi is a number 10 hes best in the middle where he can pick out a pass, need a ring inside forward and go 4-2-3-1 but obv barker jones Ojo Stewart ain’t trusted enough
— Ross (@rfcrossko) 17 February 2020
Allegedly. Seen Hagi more on the wing today than as a number 10, soon as he drifts in centrally he looks dangerous and gets the assist.
— Jordan (@Jordan_bluenose) 16 February 2020
Hagi isn’t a winger!! Why do people keep thinking he is. He’s a number 10
— Calum Davidson (@Calsk09) 16 February 2020
Sorry to sound like a stuck record but Hagi must play in the traditional number 10 position to get the best out of him.
— peter kelman 🇬🇧 (@aberlourbear) 18 February 2020
The question then becomes do you sacrifice a midfielder and he plays 10 or he plays wide with the expectation he’ll be inside. Bit of a dilemma for Gerrard imo.
— . (@Footballstewart) 17 February 2020
It is a dilemma for Gerrard but Hagi’s positional change may be one worth considering when taking into account the team’s lack of creativity in recent weeks.
The Romanian international has been a livewire since arriving on loan from Genk in the January transfer window, and getting him into areas where he can be the most effective should be the priority.
Gerrard said he was looking to Hagi to add the extra “spark” to the Light Blues’ attack, but the only way he can do that if he is selected in a position where he can do the most damage.