The Romanian kid has been sensational since linking Rangers and they are already considering triggering his buyout clause.
Gary McAllister has confessed Ianis Hagi has wowed Rangers so much they’re already considering signing him on a long term deal.
The Romanian star grabbed the headlines with a gorgeous two-goal series as Steven Gerrard’s men roared back from two goals down to beat Braga 3-2 in the first leg of the Europa League last-32 battle.
Hagi came in January on a loan deal from Genk before the end of the season but, crucially, have an option to purchase clause in the deal which could see them land the playmaker for around #4million.
And Ibrox No.2 McAllister – that performed Ianis dad Gheorghe Hagi at a Euro’92 qualifier for Scotland – stated: “If the lad keeps performing then it is something we have got to be looking at it (to exercise the choice to buy).
“I’m a party to this decision but the supervisor has the last say. But he is impressed us all and we would like to keep this young guy going and keep his confidence high.
“There is no doubt that if you are a player who aspires to play in a level and play in front of a stadium like Ibrox, surely that is where you’d want to be. It is up there among the very best.
“If you are a participant on Thursday night and scored a few goals in front of 50,000 fans singing your name then I think he is enjoying it.
“I talked to Gheorghe before the game and after the game. I had to remind him that we beat them in Hampden 2-1 just so that he was not floating about Ibrox like he’s the top man!
“I’ve to say he was one of my favorite players and I’m not just saying that since we’ve signed his son. Hagi was up there using one of the best players I have been on the pitch with.
“He’s really pleased because he had been conscious of Ibrox and of Rangers, but being there on Thursday night confirmed it that his son is in the ideal spot for his development.
“The fact that there’s an expectant audience, the expectation levels are enormous and you need to win every match. That’s where he sees his son, playing in that theater where the pressure is on continuously.
“But we will need to break free from comparisons between Ianis and his dad because he’s very much his own man. He’s a really pleasant young fella, I’ve to say.
“He’s come in here, he’s enjoying the training and he’s settled in speedily. He’s got talent, there’s absolutely not any doubt about that. The thing for me, is he right-footed or is he left-footed?
“He comes in with a smile, that is always great to see in a young fella. He has an eye for a goal and a pass. He discovered the first 15 minutes against Hibs quite physical but he has adapted really well since then.”