By Noel Whelan

4th May, 2021 | 7:00am

Gerrard will be 'ecstatic' at confirmed Hagi transfer claims at Rangers - Whelan

Steven Gerrard will be ‘extremely ecstatic’ about his Rangers fringe players being targeted by top European sides. 

That’s according to former Leeds United and Aberdeen hitman Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Ianis Hagi’s future.

Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi, Ianis’ father, recently shared that Lazio and Sevilla are tracking his son ahead of the summer transfer window.

He said, “I don’t think the interest of Sevilla for Ianis is new. But I do know Lazio are also on this track too.” [Glasgow Evening Times]

Hagi, 22, has played plenty of football this season but has never been a regular starter.

When asked if it would be a blow to lose Hagi, Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, “Yeah, it would be.

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“Gerrard will be extremely ecstatic about how every squad player is being targeted. Even those who haven’t been playing regularly. 

“Hagi’s been in the squad and had to fill in at times but the way he’s gone about his professionalism, his job, his performances, I think that shows the harmony Rangers have.

“It also shows Gerrard’s man-management skills. It’s not easy to keep players happy when they’re not playing and to still get that top performance out of them.

“Will he let him go though? He’s been so influential off the bench and when he’s been given an opportunity. Gerrard will see a future for him at Rangers.”

Rangers signed Hagi from Genk in the summer of 2020 after a successful loan spell at Ibrox the previous season.

He has scored six goals during Rangers’ Scottish Premiership title-winning campaign.

In other news, Premier League club join Rangers in race for in-form wide forward as transfer mission revealed.