'Looks like he's won a prize to play for Rangers' - Exclusive: Ibrox star slaughtered by top pundit
Steven Gerrard will be concerned about Rangers star Ianis Hagi following a series of wretched performances.
That is according to former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the big-name summer signing.
Rangers converted Hagi’s loan move from Genk into a permanent transfer earlier in the summer at a cost of an initial £3million plus add-ons.
It was a deal that was widely applauded at the time after the impression the Romanian attacker made following his January arrival.
But Hagi has struggled in the first two months of the new season and delivered a poor performance in the midweek Europa League qualifier drubbing of Willem II.
Whelan told Football Insider: “There’s no doubt Hagi’s a massive talent who can win games for Rangers Football Club. That’s why Steven Gerrard and the board paid so much money for him.
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“He really stood up in the big European games last season, especially, and seemed to thrive in front of big crowds.
“Maybe he is struggling for motivation without the noise and passion of the fans, but Stevie G will certainly be demanding more from him.
“For someone with so much talent and ability, he can be frustrating. Needlessly giving the ball away, failing to execute simple passes.
“At times, he looks like he’s won a prize to play for Rangers. Other times he looks a world beater.
“He should be looking at how consistent Ryan Kent has become and try to emulate that.”
Hagi has made nine starts in 10 appearances for Rangers this season.
He has scored only one goal, although he has supplied four assists, including three in the last two league matches against Hibernian and Dundee United.
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