‘Everybody could see that I was happy, life in Glasgow was good too’: Ianis Hagi desperate to remain at Rangers to fight for a Europa League miracle and Celtic for the Premiership title if football resumes after coronavirus
- Ianis Hagi is desperate to remain at Rangers to complete the 2019-2020 season
- The 21-year-old has been on-loan with Scottish giants who have an option to buy
- The Romanian has played a starring role for Steven Gerrard’s side this season
- He still thinks they can fight for a Europa miracle and challenge for the title
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Ianis Hagi is desperate that the coronavirus epidemic does not call time on his Rangers career and on Wednesday night spoke of his burning desire to experience the ‘unique’ atmosphere of Ibrox again.
In an exclusive interview with Sportsmail, the 21-year-old Romanian star assured Rangers fans that should the Scottish season restart he will be back ready to kick-off once again in the pursuit of Celtic while aiming for a Europa League miracle.
Hagi has been a huge hit with fans since arriving on a six-month loan from Belgian side Genk. Steven Gerrard would like to secure the attacking midfielder on a permanent deal this summer although his parent club is reportedly looking for a fee of around £4million.
Ianis Hagi is desperate that the coronavirus epidemic does not call time on his Rangers career
But with so much confusion surrounding if and when football will resume, as well as the status of on-loan and out-of-contract players, nobody is taking anything for granted.
‘As far as I know, I’m still on loan to Rangers,’ Hagi said. ‘I’m using this period to stay fit and work on my weaknesses.
‘If the season starts again, I’ll have the same mindset I arrived with three months ago. Every game, I will go into win.
The 21-year-old Romanian star assured Rangers fans he would be ready if the season re-starts
‘Obviously we are still in the Europa League – and I know it’s difficult to come back after losing 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in the first leg.
‘But, at a club like Rangers, anything is possible. With the mentality a club like Rangers has, we can do great things.
‘Can we win the league? If you look at the points difference, it’s a tough one. We have to be realistic.
‘But our only mindset, if the season starts, is we have to go out there and win every game – and then we’ll see where we stand at the end of the season.’
Addressing the long-term prospects of becoming a Rangers player on a more permanent basis, Hagi said: ‘I was feeling really good at Rangers.
‘Happy. It’s really important for a football player to be happy – and I can see I was happy there. Playing at Ibrox provides a player with unique moments.
There is confusion surrounding players out of contract at the end of June and those on-loan
‘Everybody could see that I was happy on the pitch. And obviously my football was getting better and better every day. Life in Glasgow was good too.
‘So the only thing I can say right now is that I’m really happy with Rangers. I’m really happy with what happened in two months in Scotland.
‘I can’t say anything about the future right now. The only thing I’m thinking about is being 100 per cent fit and ready if the season starts again.
‘This is my only focus. My mindset is to get fit and to work on some weaknesses I have.
‘I have my agents, AC Talent, who work very hard for me. I have faith and trust in them. So my future is in good hands because of my agents.
The attacker spoke about how happy he has been playing for Steven Gerrad’s side this season
‘But, for sure, I think everyone in football looks for happiness. When a player is happy, he can give 100 per cent.
‘Not only me, I think every footballer on this planet looks for the place where he is happy.’
Famous dad Gheorghe Hagi told reporters back home: ‘Ianis is on loan at Rangers and they have an option to buy him.
‘But there is no deadline for any deal to be done. He is relaxed about his future.’
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