Galatasaray set to launch January move for Rangers star Ianis Hagi

Galatasaray are set to make a move for Rangers attacker Ianis Hagi in January, according to Turkish news outlet Sabah.

Reporting via their verified Twitter account, it is claimed that the 23-year-old is wanted by the Super Lig side in the winter transfer window.

They wrote: “Galatasaray will meet Rangers for Ianis Hagi at half-time [January]. Istanbul-born Hagi can come back to his home town at half-time.”

Dream deal?

Hagi has made no secret of his desire to one day play for the Turkish giants where his dad, Gheorge, became a club icon.

The Rangers forward said in May [via Emanuel Orsu’s Twitter profile]: “One day, I’d like to play for Galatasaray. It’s a club I love, I grew up with that club in my heart. I was born there.

“I don’t know what the future holds, but I have feelings for that club.”

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Clearly, Hagi has dreams of playing in a Galatasaray shirt, and it appears inevitable that he will one day adorn the red and yellow of the Istanbul-based side.

Galatasaray will also play in European competition post-December as they secured qualification to the Europa League knock-out stage last week with a 4-2 win over Marseille.

However, after 14 Super Lig games, Gala are currently sitting in eighth, just three points ahead of 16th-placed Kayserispor who occupy the final position above the relegation zone.

The club doesn’t quite perhaps hold the attraction it did in the ’90s and the start of the 21st century.

Hagi may also wish to pursue a move to a ‘top-five’ league when he does leave Rangers, with a Premier League move mooted as a possibility.

But, for now, he appears settled at Rangers and Giovanni van Bronckhorst has started him in both of his first two games in charge.

With Rangers targeting a second successive Premiership title and set to continue their journey in Europe, a January switch looks unlikely.

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Rangers attack revitalised by Giovanni van Bronckhorst tactical switch

Rangers carry more attacking threat from midfield under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, suggests Jordan Campbell.

The Bears beat Livingston 3-1 on Sunday in the Dutchman’s
Scottish Premiership managerial debut, with two of the goals coming from midfielders
Scott Arfield and Joe Aribo.

Van Bronckhorst set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Arfield and Aribo pushing forward more ahead of sitting midfielder Glen Kamara.


Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Campbell outlined how this tactical switch gives Rangers more of an attacking edge.

“Midfield runners are key to his [van Bronckhorst’s]
attacking outlook,” he wrote.

“With Kamara at the base of midfield there was enough trust
in his ability to control the centre of the pitch that the other two
midfielders could make runs from deep.

“If van Bronckhorst can maintain that same threat from midfield, especially on the occasions [Alfredo] Morelos is not at his best, then he will have unlocked another bit of potential in this Rangers side.”


Attacking freedom

It was important that van Bronckhorst put his tactical stamp
on this Rangers team, as they were becoming slightly predictable under Steven
Gerrard.

The Dutchman was known for deploying midfield runners during
his time as Feyenoord manager and although it is still early days, it looks as
if it could be a success at Ibrox too.

Arfield and Aribo are both attack minded players, so finding
a system that not only includes both of them but utilises each of their strengths,
is a huge boost.

It has been a difficult start to the season for Arfield who
has had his struggles with injury, but his goalscoring ability from midfield is
well-known and van Bronckhorst should look to make the most of that.

Likewise, Aribo is capable of playing as an attacking winger, so having his threat in the middle of the park is a real asset for the Bears going forward.

The system is likely to make Rangers more open defensively, but for games where van Bronckhorst wants to make his team more solid, Steven Davis should be able to seamlessly slot in.

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Max Stryjek was fuming with what happened during Rangers v Livingston

Livingston goalkeeper Max Stryjek was left fuming after Rangers fans threw snowballs at his goal on Sunday.

After the game, his teammate Jack Fitzwater claimed that Stryjek had to be calmed down and dragged away from engaging with the Gers fans [Daily Record].

The Polish keeper tried to have words with the referee as well, but Fitzwater held him back after the game was stopped in the second half so that snowballs could be cleared off the pitch.

Fitzwater also revealed that the only reason the snowballs were cleared was because they might have caused the football to deflect in the Livingston box.

He said: “I had to hold him back; he was complaining to the ref.

“Max is a madman, but we are going to need the whole squad focused for Wednesday because we have so many tough games now.

“We came out for the second half and thought it would just be a bit of stick from the Rangers fans.

“But because of the size of the snowballs, we were complaining to the referee, pointing out that if the ball took a deflection, that’s going to change the course of the ball.”

Stryjek enraged.

It seems as if the Gers fans managed to really annoy the Livi goalkeeper.

It seems odd that the only reason the snowballs were removed from the pitch was because they might have impacted the course of the ball.

Now, we are not so sure if that would have happened, given that they were only snowballs.

Of course, some of them could have contained ice, and that might have impacted the football but also could have been dangerous for the players.

So, though it was just a bit of fun from the travelling Bears fans, you can see why it annoyed the Livingston players because it must have distracted them.

In the end, the referee made the right decision to clear the snowballs from the pitch, and the Gers held on for what could prove to be a valuable three points in the cold.

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