Romanian international Ianis Hagi has been linked to a January transfer to Roma but the attacking midfielder says he is fully focused on playing for the Rangers; Manager Steven Gerrard has praised Glen Kamara’s influence on his squad after the 25-year-old signed a new contract
Ianis Hagi says he is “completely focused on Rangers” while transfer talks link the midfielder to a move to Serie A club Roma in January.
According to reports in Romania, Roma and Rangers have agreed a £ 17m fee for a mid-season transfer.
Hagi had a stop-start season due to injuries and a Covid-19 layoff, and returned from quarantine from the bank to set up the prelude to the midweek Premier Sports Cup win against Livingston.
When asked about the Roma reports ahead of the Premier League clash in Dundee on Saturday, Hagi said: “Right now I’m in a position where there is a game tomorrow.
“After five days there is another game. I’m totally focused on the Rangers.
“I don’t think now is the time to talk about transfers. The transfer window has just expired, so there is no point in talking about transfers.
“I’m just concentrating on my game, the Rangers. There will be an international break soon, so my head is there.”
Rangers had good news on the squad front mid-week when Finnish midfielder Glen Kamara extended his contract until 2025.
Manager Steven Gerrard said: “I have said on many occasions that at a club like Rangers it is important to try to keep your best players for as long as possible.
“Now we all understand how the club works, but Glen is someone who really, really fits our style well.
“He has evolved, grown and improved since we took him from Dundee. He obviously had a really good education at Arsenal and at Dundee under Neil McCann.
“So we knew we were going to pick a player who fits our style, but Glen has come and worked so hard to improve his game and I think it’s now at a level that people really appreciate what kind of player he is and what “level he can perform at.” Glen makes our team stronger and he makes our squad stronger. “
The move from Kamara makes Connor Goldson the most important standout deal the Rangers are looking to close, with the defender being out of contract next summer.
“As a manager of this club you have to respect where people are,” added Gerrard.
“I’m not going to be a manager forcing people to do something they are not ready to do.
“All we can do if we want to keep players is make respectable offers and hope they are on the same page.
“I tend to have [Sporting Director] Ross Wilson doing his job, and the players’ representatives. As soon as we agree that we want to keep a player or renew a contract, I say to Ross ‘over to you’ and Ross does his magic.
“Although it was a patient one, Glen always made it clear that he was happy here. Rangers was good for Glen, Glen was good for Rangers. Sometimes you have to be patient as a manager.”