Noel Whelan has questioned claims that Rangers new boy Ianis Hagi could be worth £84 million in just two years from now.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker suggested that the 21-year-old has plenty of potential, but will need to time to fully adapt to the Scottish game.
But Whelan is unconvinced by the chairman’s argument.
“Only a player can make himself worth the money by putting in the performances, and not just over one game or two games,” he told Football Insider.
“It’s over a consistent period of three seasons.
“I don’t think he’ll go for that kind of money.
“I think Stevie G knows he’s got a very good player, but he also knows that he’s going to take time to settle to his new environment. It’s a completely different league, he’s a very technical kind of player, but he’ll soon find out that sometimes you’ve got to adapt and change your game when you’re playing away on a muddy, bobbly pitch.
“You have to learn how to be a little it stronger and mentally tougher, and do the horrible side of the game a little bit more. That will make him a better player as well.
“There’s no doubt that the kid’s got talent, but it’s going to take time.”
Hagi has impressed during his time in Glasgow so far, and struck his first goal for his new club in last week’s 2-1 win over Hibernian at Ibrox.
But despite his blistering start, Steven Gerrard has urged supporters to not get carried away with their expectations of the youngster.
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