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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