Ibrox Exclusive: McNamara raves over barely-seen Rangers ace v Hibs - 'Looks a real good player'
Jackie McNamara was left raving over Rangers new boy Ianis Hagi after his match-winning performance again Hibernian on Wednesday night.
The former Celtic and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 21-year-old looked to be brimming with confidence in what was his first start for the club.
Having played 13 minutes as a substitute against Aberdeen at the weekend, Hagi was handed a starting role by Gerrard at Ibrox and rewarded his managed with an 84th-minute goal to seal a 2-1 win.
McNamara says that the young talent clearly has a lot of self-belief in his abilities and that he showed why with his composure to seal the victory for the Gers.
McNamara told Football Insider: “I thought he took his goal well, good finish. Seeing clips of him he’s taking the ball, taking free-kicks and stuff.
“He’s clearly backing himself, got a lot of confidence and he looks a real good player and a good prospect.
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“He (Gerrard) made some changes, kept him on and he’s taken the goal very well.”
Hagi, son of Romanian legend Gheorghe, arrived at Ibrox late in the January transfer window from KRC Genk, putting pen to paper on a loan deal which Rangers could turn permanent in the summer.
An attacking midfielder, he already has 10 international caps under his belt for Romania’s national side and featured in the group stages of the Champions League earlier this season.