RANGERS have suffered a massive setback with the news Ianis Hagi will miss the rest of the season.
The Romanian international has undergone surgery on a knee injury sustained in the 4-0 Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion at Ibrox on Friday.
Boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst revealed Hagi had his procedure in London on Monday and admitted: “We assessed him and he needed an operation. We won’t have Ianis for the season, so that’s a big blow for all of us and obviously a huge disappointment for Ianis.
“I spoke to him this morning, he’s in a good place. Of course, he’s not happy that he had the injury and needed surgery, but he’s quite focused now and positive for his recovery.”
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The Dutchman, speaking to Sky Sports News, added: “We will miss an important player. We are looking to add a player to the squad, but it needs to be a player we think is right.
“We don’t want to get players in just to make up the numbers.”
Van Bronckhorst received some welcome news with the announcement midfielders Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack will return to the squad for tonight’s Premiership encounter against Livingston in Glasgow.
Joe Aribo is also due to return from the Africa Cup of Nations after Nigeria were knocked out of the competition and he should be available for Saturday’s game against Ross County in Dingwall.