Noel Whelan has blasted Gheorge Hagi for his “disrespectful” comments about his son Ianis potentially moving from Rangers to a “really big club” in the future.
The former Aberdeen and Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists the attacking midfielder is already at a huge club and that he has to prove himself at Ibrox first.
As quoted by the Scottish Sun, the Romania legend claims he will not get involved in his son’s future but that he hopes there will be “really big clubs fighting to sign him”.
Having seen the 21-year-old put pen to paper on a permanent deal at Ibrox just weeks ago, Whelan believes Hagi senior needs to keep quiet and let his son do the talking on the pitch.
Asked if the Gers ace will be telling his dad to shut up, Whelan told Football Insider: “He will, yeah. It’s a bit disrespectful to Rangers – they’re a big club themselves, in Europe, great history behind them.
“Look, he’s had his time, he was a fantastic player but now it’s time to let his son do the talking on the pitch. If he is good enough then he’ll get a move but he might not want to move – he’s at a very, very big club with good things in front of them.
“They’re rebuilding, the infrastructure is already there, it’s just surrounding that team with better players as well and who knows what’s going to happen this season. They were very close last year, I’m sure Steven Gerrard is going to be pushing.
“They’ve already made the signing of Hagi, putting him down as a very important jigsaw piece in their puzzle but he’s got to go out there and produce. It’s not an easy league to play in, it’s very difficult.
“It’s very competitive, different teams play different styles of football, he’s got to adapt very quickly and show his worth if he wants any type of move or if his dad wants him to think higher.”