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'Intelligent' - Journalist claims Rangers already have Roofe replacement who hurt rivals

This is Futbol logo This is Futbol 17/04/2021 George Cannon
a football player on a field: Ianis Hagi © Provided by This is Futbol Ianis Hagi

Fraser Wilson has been speaking on the latest episode of the Record Rangers podcast, where he claimed Ianis Hagi would be an ideal replacement for Kemar Roofe. 

The former Leeds United striker recently received a four-game European ban for his challenge on Slavia Prague’s goalkeeper during the second leg of Rangers’ last-16 Europa League tie.

Roofe’s high boot caught Ondrej Kolar in the face, fracturing the 26-year-old’s skull in what looked like a horrific challenge.

Steven Gerrard’s men will have to cope without one of their key creative forces in the Champions League qualifiers next season, but Wilson thinks £5.4 rated Hagi (as per Transfermarkt) is more than capable of stepping up to the plate.

He said: (7:43) “I think Hagi is possibly, not more streetwise, but is possibly a more intelligent player. Again, he can run into good areas, he can occupy players and allow space for others to run into, whether that’s Ryan Kent with that brilliant rotation that Rangers have in the front three.

“I just think even going back to the Celtic games of late, was I the one at Ibrox at New Year, I thought the game turned in Rangers’ favour, obviously with the red card, but also when Roofe was replaced by Hagi because I just feel that he was giving Celtic more of a headache and maybe occupying the Celtic diamond that day and stopping them dominate the middle of the park as much as they had before he came on.”

TIF Thoughts on Hagi…

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has impressed since signing for the newly-crowned Scottish champions, scoring seven goals and providing 12 assists in 40 appearances this season.

With Roofe set for an extended stay on the sidelines in European competition next season, Hagi could be relied upon to provide the creativity within this Rangers side.

In other news: Pundit claims Rangers’ Glen Kamara deserves ‘stronger punishment’

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