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GERRARD GETS HIS MAN

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RANGERS have confirmed the cut-price signing of Ianis Hagi on a three-year deal from Genk.

The Turkish-born attacker has finally sealed his £3million move from the Belgian outfit after a few days of on-off speculation, as Scotzine reported.

Hagi arrived on loan in January with Steven Gerrard having the option to make the move permanent if the player impressed. The figure quoted at the time was £5million.

However, in the midst of football in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Genk, who have just signed Celtic’s midfield misfit Eboue Kouassi, have accepted a lower figure.

Hagi won over the Govan club’s fans with a two-goal performance in the side’s dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over Braga in Glasgow in their Europa League encounter.

The son of Romanian superstar Georghe Hagi only made 12 appearances because of the restricted second half of the campaign, but Gerrard had seen enough to cement the switch.

Genk confirmed the transfer on their website by saying: “Ianis Hagi (21) definitively switches to Glasgow Rangers.

“The Scottish club has lifted the purchase option for the attacking midfielder. KRC Genk had acquired Hagi from the Romanian Viitorul last summer, but left him on a rental basis to Rangers in January.

“We wish Ianis the best of luck in his further career.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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