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Hagi needs consistency not magic moments to become a true Gers great

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Ianis Hagi is an immensely talented footballer with the pressure of having to live up to a family name that is legendary, however, at 22-years old, he is yet to find the consistency needed to make the step from good, to great player, he will never be short of admirers though.

Since Giovanni van Bronckhorst arrived at Rangers, Hagi has been a regular starter but has found himself mainly playing out on the right-hand side of the attack.

He has never been lacking in effort or awareness of the work rate required to be a success at Ibrox, however, in recent weeks he has, if anything, been trying too hard – his injury time rabona that went straight out for a throw-in when a simple pass was on up the line tells it’s own story.

But, as we’ve seen before, it says a lot about his maturity as an individual that he did the Dundee United post match media starting by apologising for giving the ball away so cheaply.

This issue with Hagi is that he is a moments player.

Even at his best he will frustrate because of the number of times that he gives the ball away, but he gives it away trying things, looking to find team-mates or in an attempt to beat an opponent, at the weekend he looked a lot better once he was moved central where his movement and intelligence is more important than his pace and ability 1 v 1.

The last few games sum the Romanian international up perfectly, he has been poor by his standards, and yet, he could still have had at least one assist every game since Van Bronckhorst took over.

Patience is needed, remember, if he can win man of the match with one of his worst performances, imagine how good he’ll be when it all clicks….

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