Rangers Opposed To Letting Star Go This Month Despite Interest

Rangers are not prepared to let Ianis Hagi leave during this month’s transfer window despite the Romanian having generated interest, according to Italy-based journalist Ekrem Konur.

Hagi has made an impression since joining Rangers, initially on loan, from Belgian side Genk and won the Scottish Premiership title last term.

He is now looking to find his feet under a new manager in the shape of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but Rangers could be tested with offers for him during this month’s window.

However, Rangers have no intention of letting Hagi move on from Ibrox this month.

The Scottish giants are instead looking to lock Hagi down to a new contract running until the summer of 2026.

Hagi, 23, currently has a contract at Rangers until the summer of 2024.

He has clocked 25 appearances across all competitions for Rangers so far this season, scoring three goals and providing four assists for his team-mates.

Rangers return to action following the winter break on Tuesday night with a trip to Pittodrie to play Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

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Title win may play big factor in bringing Danilho Doekhi to Rangers

Rangers quest to sign Vitesse defender Danilho Doekhi may hinge on their ability to retain their SPFL crown this season.

According to The Daily Record, it could play a major factor as the winners of the league are all but guaranteed a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

Gers have already signed James Sands and completed a summer agreement for John Souttar this month.

The 23-year-old Doekhi is set to leave the Dutch club in the summer and has claimed that playing continental football is his next goal.

He told Dutch outlet De Volkskrant, “My dream? Playing in the Champions League and for the Netherlands.

“I watch his game a lot (Van Dijk). I try to analyse on a detailed level how he handles certain competition situations.

“If I continue to develop as I am doing now, I think I can reach the top one day.”

Snap him up

Doekhi is free to discuss terms and sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of a summer move.

Having nailed Souttar down to a contract, Gers must now do the same thing with the Dutchman.

At 23, he’s already showing signs of reaching the very top and the fact that Giovanni van Bronckhorst is at the helm could make things easier for the defending champions.

Growing up, Doekhi clearly would have watched and read stories of the former Netherlands international.

Working under him, in many ways, could be like a dream come true for him.

It seems that Gers just need to nail down the title before they’ll be in a position to sign more players of Doekhi’s calibre.

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Rangers predicted XI v Aberdeen: James Sands to make debut

Rangers January signing James Sands is in contention to make his debut against Aberdeen in the SPFL on Tuesday night.

The American has arrived on loan and will be looking to impress manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

With no Scott Arfield and Steven Davis due to injury and Joe Aribo out on international duty, the 21-year-old could find himself starting his first ever game for the Gers.

Also joining him in midfield would be John Lundstram, with Ianis Hagi given the freedom to play in a wide right position.

While the Romanian tends to play more centrally, he is capable of wreaking havoc from the flanks as well.

We expect the back five to remain unchanged from the side that beat St Mirren 2-0 on boxing day.

Despite Connor Goldson’s uncertain future, he is expected to retain his place in the starting eleven.

John Souttar agreed to join Rangers in the summer but the club want to sign him imminently.

While Hearts are playing hardball and there remain chances of him joining in January, he will not be available for the game on Tuesday even if his signing is completed on Monday.

Kemar Roofe is also unavailable for this one and even if he was, there’s no chance GvB would start him over Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos.

Fashion Sakala is expected to be on the bench and come off the bench in the second half if the game needs any impacting.

There will certainly be some rustiness to shake off and the Dutchman will need to ensure that his players are fit enough after a three-week break.

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