Former Rangers midfielder Ronald de Boer is confident that Ianis Hagi will succeed at Ibrox after watching him in the 2-1 win over Hibernian on Wednesday night.
The Dutchman was the guest of honour for the night and witnessed Hagi’s 84th-minute winner, and he is backing the Romanian international to become a big player for the Bears:
“Hagi will be an unbelievable asset for Rangers. From what I saw on Wednesday night, they were lacking a bit of creativity going forward. I think Hagi has great creativity and will be able to provide that for them. He is very two-footed.”
De Boer feels Hagi’s best position will be on the right-hand side, cutting into more central areas in order to be the playmaker, like Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi:
“Hagi played on the right side, in what I call the Messi role, on Wednesday night. He cuts inside and plays more like a No.10. He did it very well, especially considering it was his first start. His finish for the goal was amazing. It wasn’t an easy chance and he was under pressure to score, but he took it well.”
As de Boer says, Hagi is two-footed (an asset manager Steven Gerrard has also already mentioned), and that could allow the 21-year-old to play in a number of positions in midfield.
Although it was only one game, it appears de Boer is backing the Romanian to be a success in Scotland, and considering his experience in the game, fans would be wise to listen to him.