Alan Hutton has waxed lyrical over Ianis Hagi following his performance for Rangers in their dramatic comeback win against Sporting Braga in the Europa League.
The former Gers full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, highlighted the ability of the 21-year-old to use both feet when discussing his talents.
Hagi, the son of Romanian legend Gheorghe, scored either side of a Joe Aribo strike to complete a remarkable 3-2 comeback for Steven Gerrard’s side on Thursday night.
After an hour the Bears found themselves 2-0 down thanks to goals from Fransergio and Abel Ruiz but an inspired performance from the loanee changed the balance of play.
When asked for his verdict on the winger, Hutton told Football Insider: “I saw that the camera kept panning to his Dad. Obviously a special night for him, scoring twice on a European night.
“You can tell that he is something special. You can tell that he has quality. He wants to get on the ball and make things happen. You need people like that when things are not going your way. Someone to stand up and be counted. He did it in the Hibs game at Ibrox as well where he took the game by the scruff of the neck.
“Going forward he is going to improve the team. We just need to give him the ball more. He can use both feet – what a weapon to have. Very difficult for defenders when they can go down that line and inside. It is definitely a great quality to have.”
🎙️ GM: Hagi has settled in very quickly after being welcomed by the senior players. He has a smile and is enjoying being here. He has an eye for a goal and a pass. The physicality in his opening 15 minutes against Hibs he found hard but he has adapted so quickly.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) February 21, 2020
Hagi arrived at Ibrox in January on a loan deal from Belgian champions Genk, scoring three goals in four starts.
The second leg of the Round of 32 tie is to be played in Braga next Thursday.
In other Rangers news, Kevin Phillips told Football Insider he “loves” Gerrard’s decision regarding Ibrox outcast.