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Journalist Chris Jack don’t think Ianis Hagi is “quick enough” to succeed as a winger in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s system at Rangers.

The 23-year-old was a crucial cog under the tutelage of former manager Steven Gerrard, but has seen his impact limited since the Englishman left.

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After impressing on a first six-month loan at Ibrox in the second half of 2019/20, the Glasgow giants made Hagi’s stay permanent at the end of the season via a £ 4million deal.

In total, the Romanian international scored 14 goals and 21 assists in 83 appearances for the Rangers, claiming the title of champion along the way.

And the creative talent put on impressive displays in the first few weeks of the current campaign, racking up six contributions to the goal during his 18 outings before Gerrard’s sudden departure.

However, since Van Bronckhorst took over the reins, Hagi has contributed one help in eight games, highlighting its decline in productivity.

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This is partly because the versatile forward is being asked to play more like a natural winger than an inside striker, with Van Bronckhorst favoring a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation that leans on on wide forwards to provide breadth.

Jack doesn’t think this role is suitable for Hagi due to his lack of speed, leaving the Rangers’ attack unbalanced on several occasions.

What did Jack say about Hagi?

In recent years, Hagi – who is rated at £ 6.3m by Transfermarkt – has developped a reputation to be technically gifted and possess the ability to play defensive passes.

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But his slight build means he doesn’t have the pace and power to get past opposing defenders, which Jack says is a problem with Van Bronckhorst’s setup.

He told GiveMeSport: “I don’t think he’s fast enough for the Van Bronckhorst system. I think playing Hagi wide on the right and Ryan Kent wide on the left sometimes leaves the attack a little off balance because there is more rhythm and more candor on one side than the other.

Does Hagi have a future under Van Bronckhorst?

It remains to be seen if the 5-foot-10 magician has a long-term future with the Rangers under the new management.

Nevertheless, the fact that Hagi has started eight Van Bronckhorst’s first nine games at the helm indicate the Dutchman is an admirer of his.

The demands Van Bronckhorst places on his wingers, however, could see Hagi change position, and with Joe Aribo strongly linked with an upcoming release, there might be a vacancy in the middle of the park.

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