Uk news Steven Gerrard promises to put the heat on Rangers star Ianis Hagi MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Romanian kid wants pressure to perform so he can reach the top and his manager is certain he's at the right club to achieve his aims.
Breaking News ! The top of the Rock was hidden under cloud as Rangers trained on a gloomy Gibraltar day. But Steven Gerrard knows there is every chance Ianis Hagi will shine when they return to the Victoria Stadium tonight for their Europa League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps. The Romanian announced himself as a Rangers player in the competition with his two-goal show in a superb comeback against Braga. Gerrard believes the playmaker is getting back to that kind of form just in time for this season’s continental campaign kicking off. But the Light Blues boss doesn’t want Hagi to save his best for the big occasion like against Braga when he sparked an Ibrox love affair by setting them on their way to a come-from-behind 3-2 win. Hagi hasn’t been without his critics this season after a slow start following his £3million permanent move from Genk. (Image: Getty Images) His national team boss Mirel Radoi yesterday begged his country’s fans to lay off him. At the same time Gerrard challenged his man to show the consistency that can help take him to the next level. Hagi failed to produce a goal or an assist in his first five games this season before netting in the win over Hamilton and then producing a couple of assists in Saturday’s 4-0 romp over Dundee United. Deployed in the No.10 role fans are keen to see him in, he flourished and while Gerrard was pleased with that he won’t stop pushing him. Read More Related Articles Adrian Segecic 'announced' by Rangers as Australian rising star gets Ibrox big sell The Ibrox boss said: “Ianis is certainly looking close to what we saw before Covid kicked in, which is great. “He thrives on Europe but if that’s the only thing he thrives on I won’t be happy – I want him to be consistent. “When you’re a young player and you’re growing and evolving, one thing you have to strive for in your game is consistency. “You have to find that if you want to be known and keep growing on and off the pitch and that’s going to be Ianis’ biggest challenge. “A club like Rangers is perfect for him because the fans, staff and everyone connected with the club will demand that from him and that’s what he wants. (Image: SNS Group) “The kid doesn’t want an easy ride. He wants to continue to be challenged, tested and pushed and he’s got that here. “There was a real strong performance from Ianis at Hamilton and he got the goal, which did his confidence the world of good. “Different players take different time to get up to speed.” His return to form against the Premiership new boys on Saturday came following a frustrating time with Romania, when he was hooked against Northern Ireland and an unused sub against Austria.
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“But he’s not. Let me tell the fans I have total confidence in Ianis. He is a vital member of this team. He has played 11 times for Romania and has probably played out of position in 10. I see him as a No.10 and that’s where he’ll play for us.” While Hagi helped make things happen going forward at the weekend, the Gers rearguard broke a 114-year-old record with a seventh consecutive clean sheet at the start of a season. They now have a European and world record in their sights with Louis van Gaal’s Ajax having managed nine in the 1990s and Tunisian side Esperance going 10 without conceding 20 years ago. Keeper Jon McLaughlin admitted it has been the stuff of dreams, having also set a club record eight consecutive clean sheets during his time at Hearts.
The Scotland squad keeper looks to have dislodged Allan McGregor as first choice No.1 since joining on a free from Sunderland in the summer and he said: “Things have gone even better than I could have hoped for. “It’s the kind of thing you dream of. I am very proud to have helped the team achieve that record. “I was fortunate enough to be at Hearts when the club managed eight clean sheets in a row and it was great to be a part of that too. “It’s all about mindset, it doesn’t matter where you are playing your football, your mindset has to be the right one.
“We had a strong mentality at Hearts at the time and it’s the same with Rangers. “Everyone wants to defend as a unit and if we’re able to keep a clean sheet we can let our attacking players impose themselves. “We take our lead from the manager in terms of mentality and the demands he places on us every single day. “We have to take the mentality we’ve shown in our previous games into this match. “We need to be professional and be switched on right from the start.”
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