Rangers manager Steven Gerrard will be “over the moon” if Ianis Hagi’s agent is correct and he signs permanently this summer, claims Alan Hutton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender admits that the 21-year-old has brought a “cutting edge” that had been missing at Ibrox.
Hagi’s agent Giovani Becali has suggested that the attacking midfielder’s loan move from KRC Genk will be turned permanent at the end of the season after he joined the club in January.
He was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “I happen to think Ianis is on a good plan at Rangers. I think Rangers will sign him because he is a player who has that little extra piece of creativity and skill.
“I think he is improving all the time at Rangers. He will continue to get better if he signs for them I think.”
Hutton has been impressed by the Romania international, and claimed the touted £4.5million full-time deal makes sense.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think he’s done brilliant since he’s come in. He’s kind of been that spark when they’ve needed it.
“In certain games he’s really come up trumps for them, scoring the winning goal and really creating that little bit of magic, the final pass – he sees things other players don’t.
“Rangers were missing that, even though I think we’ve got great players in midfield, sometimes they just miss that cutting edge, that final pass and he’s a guy who sees that.
“Obviously he came with real potential and at the moment he’s fulfilling that. I think Gerrard would be over the moon to capture someone of his quality for the season’s coming.”
Hagi has played a total of 12 times for Rangers so far, scoring three goals and setting up two assists.
He played a crucial role in the Gers reaching the Europa League last-16, scoring twice against Braga in a 3-2 home win before assisting Ryan Kent in a 1-0 win away in Portugal.
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