Steven Gerrard has landed a big boost over Ianis Hagi, with the Rangers forward potentially set to be available to face Lyon after testing positive for Covid-19, per The Scottish Sun.
Hagi returned a positive test for coronavirus while away from Ibrox on international duty with Romania in North Macedonia. Local rules dictate that any individual who tests positive and is actively experiencing symptoms must self-isolate for 20 days.
But the Romanian FA have agreed to a compromise that could free Hagi to return in time to face Lyon. Rangers will host the Ligue 1 giants in Glasgow next Thursday as they begin their Europa League Group Stage campaign.
Hagi had returned five negative coronavirus tests while with the Romania squad before his positive result. The £21k-a-week forward also complained of feeling slight headaches while training in his national side’s camp in Skopje.
Romania drew 0-0 with North Macedonia on Wednesday without Hagi available, who had assisted during a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein. Mirel Radoi’s Tricolorii won their World Cup qualifier at home to the 189th Fifa-ranked county on Sunday and now sit third in Group J.
Hagi had previously assisted once and scored once in 19 caps since his senior international debut in November 2018. Gerrard will now be without the Istanbul-born playmaker when Rangers visit winless St Johnstone in the Premiership on Saturday.
Rangers land big Hagi boost ahead of Lyon clash
Gerrard will be loath to be without Hagi against St Johnstone, but no doubt glad the winger could feature for Rangers against Lyon. He has scored twice and assisted once in six games across all competitions so far this season, starting five.
Hagi also opened the scoring after only eight minutes against Livingston, while moving the Gers clear of Dunfermline in the League Cup. Creating Scott Wright’s goal in the 17th-minute to open a 2-0 lead, before heading home himself just two minutes later.
Gerrard additionally vividly lauds what Hagi offers Rangers. The Ibrox head coach said, via The Scottish Sun in January: “We’re really happy with Ianis Hagi, he’s a joy to work with. He’s a student of the game,he’s always looking at areas to improve, whether that be from a physical point of view or tactically or technically.
“He’s someone you have to drag off the training ground. Ianis is always in the analyst department too. He’s never out of the gym, so he’s an absolute dream to work with, very low maintenance. We’re delighted with how he is developing and progressing and we’re happy to have him.”