Mills slams Rangers for not doing 'due diligence' after Hagi reveal
Danny Mills has slammed Rangers for not doing their “due diligence” as they are set to block Ianis Hagi competing in this summer’s Olympic Games.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Premier League defender insisted Rangers can have no complaints that Romania want the 22-year-old to compete in Tokyo.
Glasgow Live report Rangers are going to deny Romania’s request to join the squad as the competition clashes with some vital Champions League qualifiers.
The Olympics falls outside of FIFA’s jurisdiction and there Rangers are not obligated to allow Hagi to take part.
Asked if they would be right to stop Hagi jetting off to Japan, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “[Lionel] Messi played in it, [Sergio] Aguero played in it.
“If you sign a talented under-23 player who’s possibly going to be in the Olympics, if the Olympics goes ahead, then you’ve got to be prepared for that.
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“You can’t sign a player that plays for one of the African Cup of Nations teams and then go ‘I don’t want him to be away in January.’
“You can’t sign Son Heung-min who plays for South Korea in the Asia Cups and the military service and all the rest of it…
“Surely you have to do your due diligence and know that’s going to be a possibility. If you’re player’s good, he’s going to get called up.
“I get that they’re trying to persuade their players and say ‘Do you really need to go?’
“But it’s the opportunity to play in an Olympics. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Why would you not want to go and represent your country?”