Hagi So Happy To Be A Ranger

IANIS HAGI has expressed his delight at putting pen-to-paper to become a permanent Rangers player.

The 21 year-old initially arrived on-loan in January but Gers have now made him one of their own by agreeing to transfer him from KRC Genk.

The news, when it was announced last night, was greeted with huge excitement by Rangers fans – and that buzz is one that is shared by Hagi.

Speaking to RangersTV, he explained: “It means a lot. Finally, I am in the Rangers Family officially so I cannot wait to start again, meet the boys again, train with them and start the new season.

“I was just focused on my training and just trying to be fit. I had faith and I knew that my agent would help bring me to where I wanted to be.

“It is finally done, so I am happy that my agents have done a good job, and Rangers have been excellent with me, so I am just really happy that everything is finished.”

Hagi’s initial spell of 12 matches with Gers saw him net three times – two of those coming against SC Braga – as he made a massive impact on the side.

He continued: “I didn’t end 2019 really good, so I wasn’t that happy coming into 2020, but having this experience with Rangers has just turned around really, really fast.

“I can say also, my career turned really fast in a positive way, so I have really enjoyed it a lot, especially the games we played in the Europa League – they were awesome – especially the comeback against Braga at home.

“But I can’t forget also the games in Scotland that we had – difficult ones but even though we didn’t get the results we wanted, we still had some good games.

“We had some ups and downs – obviously the last month we played the consistency wasn’t there, but definitely, looking at the game with Braga, and also the game with Leverkusen, it wasn’t that bad but in small details, we made some small mistakes.

“But we can see that the team has a lot of potential so I think we are safe to say that training 100 per-cent every day, everything will be good.”

It was mentioned Hagi had offers to perhaps play his football elsewhere next season, but he insists Ibrox was only ever the place he wanted to play, adding: “The top priority was Rangers and this is what I said also to my agent. Right now, it is the only thing I think about and I am really happy that everything is done.”

The relationship between Hagi and the support is one which has blossomed quickly, and on that, he said: “Not just the support they give us, but also the pressure they put on us – me personally, I just love it and it just gives me the adrenaline of just going day-in and day-out to train 100 per-cent, come into the games 100 per-cent and give everything I have on the field, so it has just taught me how you live for football.

“It is perfect. I just can’t wait to meet them again and just feel that heartbeat again when I score or when the team wins.

“I can’t wait for amazing things to happen this season.”

Hagi has also enjoyed working alongside manager Steven Gerrard – and that is a partnership he is looking forward to rekindling, explaining:  “It is amazing as you learn every single day. I am just at the beginning of my career, so I learn a lot, not only from the Gaffer but all of the coaching staff that are prepared 100 per-cent and they give us everything we need as football players.

“So we just have to go out there and perform and it is amazing to work with such a good coaching staff and especially with the Gaffer.”

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Jordan Rossiter sets sights on joining English club

Jordan Rossiter has set his sights on a permanent English-club transfer after Rangers announced his departure, Football Insider has learned.

The Light Blues revealed last week Rossiter is one of six senior players who will leave when his contract expires in the coming weeks.

A recruitment source with knowledge of Rossiter’s situation has told Football Insider he is open to offers but would be keen on returning down south on a full-time basis.

The central midfielder, 23, has spent the season on loan at English League One club Fleetwood Town after failing to make an impact in Glasgow.

Signed by former manager Mark Warburton in 2016 on a free transfer from Liverpool, he has failed to live up to expectations or prove good value for a lucrative four-year contract.

That has been partly due to a series of serious injuries, including a knee problem that has really held him back.

But Rossiter can be confident of offers from English lower league clubs despite the unprecedented financial chaos in the game.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought great uncertainty, with EFL clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two facing uncertain futures.

Nevertheless, Rossiter has showed encouraging signs after spells at League Two outfit Bury last season and Fleetwood in the current campaign.

The midfielder has made 15 league starts among 19 appearances for Joey Barton’s side this term but last played in November due to a serious knee injury.

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‘Nothing in the way now’ – Exclusive: Alan Hutton thrilled by Rangers confirming the signing of Ianis Hagi

Alan Hutton has been left raving after Rangers confirmed the signing of Ianis Hagi on a permanent deal.

The former Rangers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists that getting the deal done as early as possible is important for the 21-year-old’s mental state going into the summer.

Rangers revealed that they had turned Hagi’s loan from Genk permanent on Wednesday afternoon, having renegotiated the purchase clause agreed back in January.

Hutton admits he has been dazzled by the winger in flashes since his arrival at Ibrox and believes getting a deal done now is only going to be a boost ahead of pre-season.

Hutton told Football Insider: “First and foremost, since he’s come in back in January he’s done really well, he’s shown us how good he can be. The difficult side of it is coming in in January and being at a level and being ready to go.

“Getting it done early, it means there’s nothing in the way now, he can concentrate solely on his football. He can go into a pre-season knowing where his head’s at, knowing where he’s going to be playing his football for the upcoming seasons and really crack on, work hard and be that main feature for the Rangers team moving forward.

“I think it takes time – you’re coming into a different league, a different way of playing than what you’re used to. He’s young, he has to bed in, living is different, finding a house – they’ll impact on you. Now he’s had that little bit of experience, we’ve seen what he’s capable of.

“I’m obviously a fan of his, I think he can do great things, he showed flashes of it – he’s a young boy, he’s full of confidence and he’ll know exactly what he’s capable of and he’ll be looking forward to showing everybody.”

Hagi played 12 times for Rangers this season, scoring three and chipping in with a further two assists.

A versatile forward, he swapped between playing as a right-winger and as an attacking midfielder for Steven Gerrard.

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Hutton reacts as Leeds plot Connor Goldson signing

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa hunches over

Alan Hutton believes that Leeds United face a fierce fight if they are to pull off the signing of Rangers centre-back Connor Goldson this summer.

The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the Ibrox mainstay and believes there is plenty of interest in his capture

As revealed by Football Insider, the Whites are among the chasing pack for the 27-year-old after his impressive form under Steven Gerrard.

Hutton believes that the centre-back’s performances on the European stage will have caught the eye of many clubs and that Leeds face a fight for his capture.

Asked if he would fit in at Elland Road, Hutton told Football Insider: “I think on the whole he’s been brilliant, he’s been a stand-up leader, he’s filled in for James Tavernier as captain if he wasn’t available.

“He made a couple of mistakes towards the end of the season – it happens, we’re not all perfect, we make mistakes – but it’s how you bounce back from that.

“On the whole he’s been a very good signing for Rangers so it doesn’t surprise me big teams like Leeds are looking at him.

“He’s obviously had good appearances in Europe that a lot of clubs will be watching. I don’t think it’s just Leeds that are interested, I’ve heard rumours of other clubs.”

Goldson has already played 105 times for Rangers despite only joining the club in 2018, with Gerrard making him a fixture in the starting XI.

He has missed just two games across all competitions this season, with 51 games under his belt.

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Rangers Sign Ianis Hagi

RANGERS can confirm that Ianis Hagi has agreed to join the club on a permanent, long term deal, with the Light Blues having negotiated their option to buy.

Full Romanian International, Hagi, 21, featured for Rangers on 12 occasions, scoring three goals including a memorable brace in the Europa League v Braga to take Rangers to the last 16 as well as a winner against Hibernian. During his spell, Hagi was able to make a significant impact in front of the Ibrox faithful.

Hagi has established himself as a senior international with 10 caps, having risen through the under age ranks of Romania. Twice nominated for the European Golden Boy, Hagi is seen as one of the most exciting young talents in European football. Hagi starred in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship, scoring against Croatia and England, helping Romania progress to the semi finals.

Ianis quickly established himself as a fan favourite in his short loan spell at Ibrox. He will join up with Steven Gerrard’s squad when the team return for pre-season training ahead of finally completing the transfer when the summer window opens.

Sporting Director, Ross Wilson, commented, “We are delighted that Ianis has chosen to continue his career at Rangers. I have had numerous conversations with Ianis and his representatives and he made it clear that continuing with Rangers was his absolute focus.

“He is not only a huge talent but also a top young professional who is determined to be successful. We are sure our investment in him will be an effective one as we believe in his ability now whilst also being excited that at 21 years old there is significantly more development to come from him. When Ianis arrived in January we quickly developed a strong relationship with him and I know how much Steven and the coaches enjoy working with him every day.

“The formality of the transfer won’t complete until the transfer window opens but we look forward to welcoming Ianis back to Glasgow in the next few weeks alongside the rest of the first team squad. Finally, I thank KRC Genk for their openness, flexibility and creativity in all of our discussions.

“We secured an exclusive option in January and in recent weeks we have worked with Genk to find a new solution that works for everyone now, given how much the world has changed in the last few months.”

First Team Manager, Steven Gerrard said, “Ianis is recognised throughout Europe as a young, exciting player so to have him join Rangers on a permanent basis is great news.

“I was able to develop a relationship with Ianis very quickly, he is a pleasure to coach as he is willing to learn and become better every training session. He has already experienced the pressure and expectation of Ibrox, I know he is ready for next season.”

Ianis Hagi underlined his delight at joining Rangers on a permanent deal, “I am excited about re-joining the squad for pre-season and putting on the famous shirt once again. There was interest from other clubs, but my priority was always to return to Glasgow and play for Rangers.

“I really enjoyed my loan spell at Ibrox and look forward to playing in front of our fans very soon, but for now I hope all of the Rangers fans and your families are staying safe and well.”

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Cap Collection #9: Jonatan Johansson

WE’RE joined once again on the Cap Collection by Archie Knox, and today, we’re discussing a man who netted 24 times in 74 appearances for Rangers, Jonatan Johansson.

A man for the big occasion, JJ was signed by Knox and Walter Smith in 1998, and as well as his Ibrox success, he was capped an incredible 106 times by his native Finland.

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‘He’s going to have to take a pay cut’ – Ibrox Exclusive: Jon Flanagan tipped for big change

Noel Whelan has claimed Jon Flanagan may need to ‘fight for his next job’ after it was announced the defender would leave Rangers this month.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the financial implications of the coronavirus makes it worrying times for out-of-contract players.

The club released a statement last week announcing that the 27-year-old would leave at the end of his contract on 31 May.

Flanagan was joined by lifelong Gers fan, Andy Halliday, and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham in his departure from Ibrox.

The decision comes after the SPFL announced last week that the Scottish Premiership would follow the lower leagues in being curtailed.

When asked by Football Insider what the future holds for the former Liverpool right-back, Whelan said: “I do feel for any player that has not got a club right now.

“Circumstances at every single club have changed. Financially, can people go in and pay the wages he was getting?

“He might have to realise that he is going to have to take a pay cut. Players may need to fight for jobs. Nobody knows the financial impact this is going to have on clubs.

“It is worrying times for players out of contract but this is where agents will have to earn their money.

“Players might have no say. They might have to just take a job like most people in life.”

Sporting director, Ross Wilson told the club’s website: “Andy, Wes and Jon have applied themselves excellently during my time here and I wish them nothing but the best in their next chapter.”

Flanagan made 10 appearances in all competitions this season.

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MyGers Achieves Over 10,000 Members

RANGERS are delighted to announce that MyGers Membership has now achieved over 10,000 members.

To achieve this level in such a short-time frame is once again testimony to the incredible loyalty shown by Rangers fans and we are delighted to see such a strong uptake of MyGers across the UK and globally.

In only three weeks, MyGers has become the biggest membership programme in Scottish club football and we look forward to growing and expanding the programme together.

MyGers Members can look forward to an exclusive welcome pack, discounts across a range of Club products and exclusive experiences and competitions. MyGers Members will also access a special 2020/2021 home kit pre-order window.

MyGers Members will also shortly receive the first monthly MyGers newsletter which contains exclusive content and prizes.

With MyGers, supporters can be Always Rangers, Always Rewarded and we would like to thanks fans for all of the support shown so far.

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Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Jordan Rossiter set to quit Ibrox

Noel Whelan claimed Jordan Rossiter has “sunk” at Rangers as the midfielder nears his Ibrox departure four years after signing from Liverpool.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted whilst injuries have not helped, the 23-year-old has failed to meet expectations in Glasgow.

Rossiter has spent the season on loan at League One side Fleetwood Town where he has made 19 appearances in all competitions.

The club released a statement last week announcing that the English midfielder would leave at the end of his contract on 31 May.

The Liverpool academy graduate is joined by Jon Flanagan, Jason Holt, Jak Alnwick, Wes Foderigham and fans’ favourite Andy Halliday.

When asked by Football Insider if he has been disappointed by Rossiter’s time at Ibrox, Whelan said: “Injuries have not helped.

“He had a big reputation as a youngster, somebody who could make a path in the game but it has not worked out.

“If people do not hit the heights straight away, pressure can be weird.

“You can have one good season at a club and people think you are the next best thing. But when you go into professional football you soon get found out.

“It is not easy to improve and live up to that reputation. You can sink or you can swim and a lot of players with good reputations have sunk.”    

Manager, Steven Gerrard, said: “I want to recognise the contribution of the players who are leaving our squad at the end of this season.”

Rossiter only mustered 16 appearances for the Gers but was hampered by frequent calf injuries since arriving on a free transfer in 2016.

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The Top Ten: Scottish Cup Goals

WE’VE picked out what we believe to be some of the best Scottish Cup goals in Gers history.

10) BRIAN LAUDRUP v Celtic – Scottish Cup SF – 7 April 1996

2016 begins in much the same way as 2015 ended as we in the Rangers media team bow to the magnificence of the sensational Brian Laudrup.

We make no apologies for that, and this goal in the Scottish Cup semi-final of 1996 truly was stunning both in terms of its quality and its importance.

Interchanging beautifully with Gordon Durie in midfield, Laudrup controlled the ball on his chest to send him clean through on goal before dinking the ball over advancing Celtic goalkeeper Gordon Marshall.

It’s another goal to add to the Laudrup list of stunners in Light Blue, and it handed the Gers a 2-0 lead in a match they eventually won 2-1.

9) FERNANDO RICKSEN v Celtic – Scottish Cup R3 – 9 January 2005            

RANGERS may have gone on to lose this third round tie at Celtic Park, but Fernando Ricksen scored something of an iconic goal to silence the home supporters.

Trailing 1-0 to a Chris Sutton goal, the second half began as it usually does at Parkhead with the home support droning along to Liverpool’s anthem.

It didn’t take long for them to be silenced however. Straight from kick-off, Alan Hutton hared down the right wing in trademark fashion before delivering a perfect cross into the area for Ricksen to plant beyond the reach of Rab Douglas.

The scarves held aloft in the home end dropped like lead balloons with the roar from the Rangers end drowning out those still chanting away to themselves.

8) JAMIE NESS v Celtic – Scottish Cup R5 – 6 February 2011           

THIS is another tie that Rangers were eventually to lose, but Jamie Ness – remember him – got it off to the most phenomenal of starts with the most incredible goal.

Making his debut, most of the attention pre-match was on new Gers loan signing El Hadji Diouf, and he received predictable pelters from the hooped mass in the Broomloan Stand as he went to take a corner inside the first two minutes.

His ball was cleared by the Celtic defence, but only as far as Ness who was lurking 25 yards out from goal.

Taking a touch to steady himself, he then unleashed an absolute thunderbolt right into the top corner and beyond Fraser Forster before he could even move. Quite simply, incredible.

7) JORG ALBERTZ v Celtic – Scottish Cup Semi Final – 5 April 1998

DESCRIBED as a “picture-book goal” by match commentator Rob Hawthorne, German hero Jorg Albertz scored this quite fabulous goal to seal Rangers’ place in the 1998 Cup Final.

Having already provided the assist for Ally McCoist’s opening goal, Albertz picked up the ball inside his own half and immediately began the charge for goal.

Leaving defender after defender in his wake, he entered the penalty area and slammed a typically emphatic left-foot shot beyond the reach of Jonathan Gould.

Craig Burley pulled one back for Celtic in injury time, but Rangers secured a 2-1 victory to progress through to the final. The less said about that, however, the better.

6) ALLY MCCOIST v Celtic – Scottish Cup SF – 31 March 1992         

PLAYING 80 minutes with 10 men is pretty much a nightmare scenario, but doing it against Celtic in the semi-final of a cup Rangers hadn’t won in 11 years took that to an entirely new level.

Sent off incredibly harshly for a body check on Joe Miller, David Robertson left his teammates with a mountain to climb – but climb it they did in some style.

Bearing all the hallmarks of the Rangers side of the 1990s, they were gritty and determined, and when it mattered most, they had quality in the final third to grab the winning goal.

Intercepting the ball in midfield just shy of the interval, Stuart McCall charged forward down the right and squared the ball into the ‘D’ where Ally McCoist was waiting to sweep the ball beyond Gordon Marshall in the Celtic goal.

5) NACHO NOVO v Falkirk – Scottish Cup Final – 30 May 2009      

IN the searing Hampden heat, Nacho Novo won the Scottish Cup for Rangers just seconds after coming on as a half-time substitute.

After an uneventful first half, manager Walter Smith decided to replace top scorer Kris Boyd with Novo, and it proved to be an inspired substitution.

From the restart, Rangers immediately poured forward and won a throw-in deep in the Falkirk half. Novo immediately rushed to take it, but chose to leave it for Sasa Papac – and that was just as well, as Papac found Novo 30 yards from goal.

He allowed the ball to bounce once, before curling a stunning effort over Dani Mallo in the Bairns goal.

Rangers held-out for the remainder of the half and lifted the Cup to end the season with a double.

4) LORENZO AMORUSO v Dundee – Scottish Cup Final – 31 May 2003

ITALIAN defender Lorenzo Amoruso scored what proved to be the winning goal in his final game for the club to secure both the Scottish Cup and the Treble for Rangers.

Neil McCann, so often the provider of terrific deliveries into the area, came up trumps again with a superb ball onto the head of Amoruso to nod beyond Julien Speroni in the Dundee goal.

The Light Blues were by no means at their best against the men from the City of Discovery, but they did enough to secure a record seventh Treble, and the emotion of the day certainly got to Amoruso at full time.

He bawled his eyes out, even when going up to claim his winner’s medal, as he brought his excellent Rangers career to a close in style.

3) ROD WALLACE v Celtic – Scottish Cup Final – 29 May 1999

ROD WALLACE wrote his name into Ibrox folklore with the winning goal against Celtic in the 1999 Scottish Cup Final.

In a tense affair, Rangers took the lead just after half time when an Arthur Numan cross was diverted into Wallace’s path by Gabriel Amato.

He took time to steady himself, and from six yards out, he fired the ball beyond Jonathan Gould.

It secured yet another Scottish Cup success for Rangers and also won the club their sixth Treble.

2) TAM FORSYTH v Celtic – Scottish Cup Final – 05 May 1973

TAM FORSYTH’S nickname ‘Jaws’ was born as he grabbed the winner in the Centenary Scottish Cup Final.

In a quite incredible game, Rangers led 2-0 thanks to Alfie Conn and Derek Parlane before Celtic levelled through a George Connelly penalty and a Kenny Dalglish strike.

But as time ticked down and a replay looked more and more likely, a long ball into the area was headed towards goal by Conn before it rebounded off both posts and into the path of Forsyth who was stood a yard out from goal.

He poked the ball into the net and set off on a mazy run of celebration, with his mouth completely agog at the magnitude of his achievement!

1) PETER LOVENKRANDS v Celtic – Scottish Cup Final – 4 May 2002

OLD FIRM goal specialist Peter Lovenkrands wrote his name into Ibrox folklore with a last-gasp winner in the 2002 Scottish Cup Final.

After a dramatic match where Rangers twice had to come from behind – firstly through Lovenkrands and then through a stunning Barry Ferguson free-kick – the Danish winger struck in injury time to secure a thoroughly deserved 3-2 win for Alex McLeish’s rejuvenated side.

The Light Blues had dominated the second half, but with extra time approaching, Neil McCann delivered superb ball into the box from the left which Lovenkrands headed down into the ground before it went beyond the reach of Rab Douglas in the Celtic goal.

The victory went a long way to making up for a disappointing league campaign where Rangers finished 18 points behind their rivals.

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