Only a few months ago Gheorghe Hagi was tipping son Ianis to appear in the Europa League Final for Rangers, but now he’s claiming the attacking midfielder faces a further four months on the sidelines.
Ianis Hagi, 23, has been out since the turn of the year after damaging his cruciate ligament against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup.
That injury halted Ianis’ season and it’s no surprise that Rangers missed him during the run-in, letting the Scottish Premiership title slip and missing out in the Europa League Final.
The Ibrox side and manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst regard Ianis Hagi as one of the club’s key players and the medical department at Rangers will be doing all they can to get the Romanian international back to full fitness.
But earlier reports that Ianis Hagi has been making a miraculous recovery from the most serious injury of his career have been tempered by the player’s father.
Romanian footballing legend Gheorghe Hagi has claimed that it could be up to four months – taking us to October – before his son is back playing on a regular basis.
“Ianis is very well, I went to the Europa League final to see him,” said Gheorghe [as quoted by the Scottish Sun].
“And I will see him for longer because he is coming on holiday with us too.
“He has done about 50 per cent of his recovery and still has 50 per cent of work to do.
“His knee is as strong as it was before and actually probably stronger than before the injury.
“He’s on the right track and his rehabilitation has worked very well.
“But it’s still going to take three or four more months for him to return. Ianis will get over this difficult moment in his career though.”
Gheorghe Hagi: Ianis up to four months away from Rangers return
There are elements of positivity in the message but it is in stark contrast to the comments of Ianis’ father only a few months ago.
Gheorghe Hagi had claimed that Ianis had set himself a goal of turning out for Rangers in the Europa League Final, although given the fact Hagi wasn’t registered in the squad in the second half of the season this was never going to happen.
The player has also been releasing a series of social media videos documenting his recovery from the injury and you can view them on Ianis Hagi’s Instagram page.
First joining on loan in the January of 2020, Ianis Hagi has impressed at Rangers over the last two-and-a-half years with the club spending £3m to bring him from Genk in the summer of 2020.
Finishing the top assister in the Scottish Premiership last season (12), the move proved a masterstroke as the Gers famously lifted 55.
Meanwhile, one now ex-Rangers player has said his goodbyes amid links to the likes of Premier League Leeds United.