By Paddy Kenny

20th Aug, 2021 | 8:00am

Rangers tipped to accept '£8m' Hagi bid after Gerrard confession - Kenny

Rangers may be forced to sell Ianis Hagi for less than his current asking price in order to balance the books after their Champions League exit.

That is the view of ex-Premier League shot-stopper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old Romanian midfielder.

Turkish newspaper Fanatik (via the Scottish Sun on 16 August) report that Rangers value the playmaker at £9.3million.

It is claimed that Sevilla and Lazio have both seen bids of just less than £6m rejected for the player who signed permanently just last summer.

As quoted by BBC Sport on 12 August, manager Steven Gerrard admitted that if the “right numbers land” then Rangers will sell players this summer.

His comments came after the Scottish champions were knocked out of the Champions League at the preliminary stages by Malmo.

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Kenny claims that an offer of £8m for Hagi, whose contract expires in 2024, may simply be too good to turn down.

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “They are going to be under more pressure to sell now.

“They have probably factored into the budget that they were going to need to go a certain distance in the Champions League.

“But they have obviously had that disappointment and now they might have to make cutbacks and balance the books.

“If they are holding out for that £9.3m, they must be doing that for a reason. Maybe they will go a bit lower, £8m, maybe.

Hagi has started the season brightly for Rangers in 2021-22.

The 16-cap international has netted twice and supplied one assist in three appearances so far.

In other news, pundit predicts Rangers sale of Alfredo Morelos could be “done and dusted” after key update.