Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hopes his physiotherapists can ‘pull a rabbit out of the hat’ and get Ianis Hagi back in shape for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifier with Malmö after the Romanian was forced to standstill 30 minutes after yesterday’s 3-0 victory over Livingston.
Hagi scored a fantastic first game eight minutes into the start of the 2021/22 season opener for Rangers before a savage challenge left him in need of lengthy treatment down the side of the pitch.
After initially looking as if he had recovered, Hagi was forced to leave shortly after to be replaced by Scott Wright and Gerrard hopes it wasn’t too bad a blow.
The game against Malmö will likely come too soon for Hagi to recover, but Gerrard has full confidence that Rangers medical staff will do anything to keep Romania in good shape as the Light Blues contemplate a Champions League windfall.
“It never helps to lose a player this early, especially when you only have three substitutions,” Gerrard told Sky Sports.
“Last year you would probably do a little better because you have a few more subs.
“He scored an important goal for us to get us started.
“And I hope the kick isn’t too bad, he’s hurting a little bit right now, but I hope that shouldn’t hold him back for too long.”
“Potentially (missing for Tuesday), but we have good physiotherapists and doctors here so hopefully we can get a bunny out of the hat and get him ready for Tuesday because he’s going to be important to us.
Good start to season for Hagi before injury eases Rangers star’s afternoon
Hagi made an impressive start against Livingston, causing problems for the visitors’ defense and teaming up well with his attacking Rangers teammates before he was injured.
The Rangers No.7 scored a number of goals and assists last season and will be keen to cement his place in the starting XI this term.
With the arrival of Wright and the replacement of Hagi, the competition for places will be fierce as Rangers look to defend their title and reach the group stage of the Champions League.
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