By Noel Whelan

1st Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Pundit tips Hagi to snub Rangers exit as record Ibrox fee reportedly agreed

Noel Whelan has tipped Ianis Hagi to snub a move away from Rangers amid reports of a potential January deal.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed manager Steven Gerrard will not want to lose any players as his bid to retain the Scottish Premiership ramps up.

Romanian outlet Sport.ro reported last week (September 23rd) that Rangers and Roma have agreed a club-record £17million fee for the 22-year-old midfielder ahead of a January move.

Hagi, quoted by Sky last week, refused to comment on the reports, saying it was “not the right time” to talk about transfers and reaffirmed his commitment to the Ibrox club.

The Romanian midfielder’s contract at Ibrox expires in 2024 following his permanent move from Genk last summer.

Whelan hinted a new deal could be on the horizon if Hagi decides he is happy with the Glasgow side.

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“Steven Gerrard won’t want to lose any players right now,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“Hagi has shown a great attitude while he’s been in and out of the side – and he is a Gerrard signing, let’s not forget, and the two of them get on well.

“Glen Kamara signed a new deal because he is happy at the club and I’m sure Hagi is too.

“Teams will always look at players when they’re successful and a lot of that is down to the coaching.

“I’m sure the Rangers players are benefitting from having one of the best midfielders ever out on the training ground every day.

“Interest from other clubs is just a compliment to the club, the player and the manager.”

Hagi has scored two and assisted two more in eight games across all competitions so far this season.

The winger has been capped 20 times for his native Romania, notching once.

In other news, pundit tips another new contract for Ibrox star.