By Alex McLeish

8th Sep, 2021 | 8:00pm

McLeish gutted as Rangers handed shattering Hagi 'blow' after confirmed news

Alex McLeish has admitted he is gutted Rangers will be without Ianis Hagi after being forced into self-isolation.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Ibrox boss insisted Steven Gerrard would not want to lose the 22-year-old’s “technical brilliance”.

The Romanian FA confirmed on Tuesday (7th September, 22:15) Hagi tested positive for Coronavirus and has entered self-isolation.

As reported by the Glasgow Times, rules in North Macedonia mean the playmaker must remain in isolation for 10 days.

However, he could reportedly be made to isolate for 20 days if he is symptomatic.

As such, he is set to miss at least the Gers’ games versus St Johnstone and Lyon.

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He could also sit out against Motherwell, Livingston and Dundee if forced to remain in isolation.

McLeish admitted losing the attacking midfielder would be a bitter pill to swallow for Gerrard.

“He’s not been an absolute regular,” McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“But you’ve seen from time to time he’s come in and made a difference through some technical brilliance. It will be a big blow to them to lose that momentum.

“Every season he has and every game he plays for Rangers, he gets more experience. More and more his brain is adapting on how to deal with situations.

“He came good again last year. This is a blow but this is something we’re all living with now.”

Hagi has played six times and scored two goals for Rangers already this season.

However, he was on the substitutes’ bench for the Old Firm win over Celtic before the international break.

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