Exclusive: Robinson suggests Rangers ace forcing board's hands over his Ibrox future
Paul Robinson believes Rangers loanee Ianis Hagi is forcing the hands of the Ibrox board over his future after his impressive early performances.
The former Leeds and Tottenham goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the 21-year-old is almost “on trial” with the Glasgow giants after joining temporarily from Belgian side Genk.
In announcing the attacking midfielder’s arrival last month, Rangers confirmed that they have an exclusive option to turn the deal permanent, sporting director Ross Wilson stating the structure of the move “gives us options for the future”.
Having seen the young forward net twice against Braga in the Europa League, having already opened his account against Hibernian, Robinson says he is sending a message to the decision-makers at Rangers.
Asked if his performances were forcing the board’s hands, Robinson said: “Yeah, Hagi hasn’t played much this year but he was impressive on Thursday night.
“Obviously it’s a loan to a view and any time that that happens, it’s to see if the club likes the player and the player likes the club, see if it’s a fit.
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“It’s kind of a trial, without saying it’s a trial, if you like.”
Hagi played 19 times for Genk this season before swapping Belgium for Scotland, including featuring in five of the club’s six Champions League group games.
He now has three goals and an assist in his six runouts for Rangers, as well as 10 caps under his belt for Romania.
In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton has ripped into one Ibrox ace he is getting “sick of”.