Hutton Exclusive: 'Aggressive' Rangers man may have played his way into XI to face Celtic
A newfound aggressive streak might be the catalyst for Ianis Hagi’s inclusion in the Rangers team to face Celtic on Saturday.
That is according to Alan Hutton, ex-Rangers right-back and Ibrox favourite, who was speaking exclusively with Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
Hagi scored the only goal of the game as Rangers knocked Hibs into 4th place on Boxing Day, ensuring Rangers Scottish Premiership winning streak was extended to 12 matches and their unbeaten run to 20.
It was his second goal in as many games after also netting against St. Johnston last Wednesday.
Hutton believes Hagi – who has struggled to nail down a first-team place since signing for £4million in the summer – is showing an emerging hunger which might mean the manager has no choice but to field him for the seismically important upcoming Old Firm match.
“Obviously, Steven Gerrard likes to change things and rotate and give you a little bit of surprise every now and then,” he told Football Insider.
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“I think it’s been a little bit difficult for Hagi. He’s been in and out of games We have seen brilliance from him, but other times not so much.
“But he’s been playing more aggressively, getting about a bit and causing problems. That’s what we want him to do. That’s what we like to see.
“He’s got a real chance. The last two games it’s been the same team, it’s been settled and he’s playing well, so there is a chance for him to feature in the Celtic game.
“I think that’s the good thing for Gerrard: the options he’s got.”
Ryan Jack now looks unlikely to feature in either the St. Mirren game or the Old Firm clash, and Nikola Katic also remains sidelined.
Besides that, Rangers fans will take encouragement from the fact they have a relatively clean bill of health after a muscle-melting spell of 10 matches in 30 days.