This Is Why I’ve Been Hard On Him – Neil McCann On His Analysis Of Ianis Hagi

Former Rangers winger Neil McCann has revealed he has been hard on Ianis Hagi of late because he believes the Romanian is capable of bringing more to the table in games.

Hagi has forced his way back into the Rangers team and was in fine form on Saturday as he helped the Gers to crush Ross County 5-0 and move a step closer to the Scottish Premiership title.

McCann has been critical of Hagi at points this season and was delighted to see how he performed against Ross County at Ibrox.

The former Gers winger insists that Hagi is capable of affecting games through his talent and revealed he has been hard on him due to the high expectations he has.

“I’ve been hard on Ianis Hagi because I expect more from him”, McCann said after the Ross County win on Rangers TV.

“Sometimes if I’m doing an analysis of a game, or assessments, or punditry, I get hard on players who I know can affect the game better than they have maybe done.

“But I think Hagi coming into the Old Firm game was excellent and today I thought he was superb.

“Although he did not affect too many key points of the game from scoring positions, other than [Ryan] Jack’s, I thought his attitude was excellent.”

Hagi has now made a total of 29 appearances for Rangers this season, scoring four goals and providing eleven assists for his team-mates.

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Filip Helander Starts – Rangers Team vs Ross County Confirmed

Rangers have named their team and substitutes to lock horns with Ross County in a Scottish Premiership encounter this afternoon.

Steven Gerrard’s side have a whopping 20-point lead at the top of the table and, with second placed Celtic only having two games in hand, are cruising to the title.

The Gers will start as firm favourites to grab all three points and have a strong recent record against Ross County, having recorded 2-0 and 4-0 wins over them this term.

The visitors have also not conceded a goal against Ross County since January 2018.

Gerrard has the experienced Allan McGregor in goal this afternoon, while in defence he trusts in James Tavernier and Borna Barisic as full-backs and Connor Goldson and Filip Helander as centre-backs.

Glen Kamara and Steven Davis slot into midfield with Joe Aribo, while Ianis Hagi and Ryan Kent provide support to Alfredo Morelos.

The Rangers boss has options on the bench if he wants to shake things up, including Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack.

Rangers Team vs Ross County

McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Kamara, Aribo, Davis, Hagi, Kent, Morelos

Substitutes: McLaughlin, Bassey, Balogun, Patterson, Zungu, Jack, Roofe, Defoe, Itten

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Recruitment Never Stops At Rangers – Steven Gerrard

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has revealed that the Gers are always trying to improve their squad through long-term planning and by approaching the transfer talent pool looking one or two windows ahead.

The Gers are yet to add any new signings to their squad in the ongoing window having made no less than six new additions to their team last summer.

Rangers have been linked with a host of players with only two weeks left in the current window and Gerrard has provided an insight into how the Ibrox outfit approach the transfer market.

Gerrard revealed that the scouting, recruitment and administrative department are all on the same page when it comes to dipping their toes into the transfer talent pool as the club are keen on getting better through smart investments based on long-term planning, looking one or two windows ahead.

“The recruitment never stops here, we are always trying to improve and get better”, Gerrard told a press conference.

“We are always looking further down the line and looking one or two windows ahead.

“We are all on the same page from Ross [Wilson], the recruitment and scouts.”

The Gers have currently racked up a 20-point lead over second placed Celtic in the Scottish Premiership but Gerrard stressed there is still a long way to go in the league and his team are focused on progressing one game at a time.

“We are focused on Rangers and have a job to do here, there is a long way to go and a lot of points to be played for.

“We are purely focused on the next match and challenge.”

Rangers could also see some stars depart Ibrox in the ongoing window with the likes of Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart and George Edmundson linked with leaving the Scottish giants.

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Barnsley Lodge Bid For Rangers Target Kyle Joseph

Barnsley have put in a substantial bid for Wigan striker Kyle Joseph, who has attracted interest from Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur, according to the BBC.

The 19-year-old striker has been linked with a move away from Wigan amidst the club’s financial troubles and several teams are chasing the youngster.

Rangers are one of the clubs who are considering taking him north of the border and he has also been on the radar of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

Joseph has also been attracting interest from several clubs in the Championship and Barnsley are serious about snaring the youngster from Wigan.

And it has been claimed that they have lodged a substantial bid with Wigan to sign the teenage forward.

Wigan are aware that they could be losing another one of their talented young academy products in Joseph but they want good money from his departure.

They reportedly want a fee of £1m, the price Leeds United forked out to sign Joe Gelhardt from the Latics in the summer.

It is unclear whether Barnsley’s offer is close to the figure Wigan want from the youngster’s sale.

Barnsley are also considering other options in the market in their pursuit of bringing in a striker.

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Rangers Keen On Championship Duo

Rangers have touched base with Championship outfit Bournemouth over potential moves for defender Jack Simpson and midfielder Nnamdi Ofoborh, according to Sky Sports News.

Simpson’s contract at the Vitality Stadium is set to end in the summer and he has been linked with leaving the Cherries in the ongoing transfer window.

Gers boss Steven Gerrard has been a long-term admirer of Simpson and is keen on taking him to Ibrox in the window.

Rangers are also eyeing roping in Simpson’s team-mate Ofoborh, who has less than six months remaining on his contract at Bournemouth.

And the Scottish giants made contact with the Dorset outfit on Thursday over potentially taking the Bournemouth duo north of the border.

Simpson was the subject of a £750,000 bid by Cardiff City last week, which Bournemouth accepted, but doubts have been cast over the switch since then.

24-year-old Simpson has started six Championship games for Bournemouth so far this season while Ofoborh’s involvement in the league ends with just three substitute appearances at present.

It remains to be seen whether Rangers make any concrete bids for the Cherries duo and succeed in luring them away to Scotland with two weeks left in the current window.

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