Rangers (8/15 Premiership outright) boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has confirmed forward that Ianis Hagi will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.
The 23-year-old, who has made 15 appearances for the Gers in the Scottish Premiership this term, suffered the injury during Rangers’ 4-0 win over Stirling Albion in the Scottish Cup on Friday.
Hagi has already undergone surgery, with the Romania international travelling to London to have his procedure.
Confirming the news, Van Bronckhorst said: “We assessed him, and he needed an operation yesterday. 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. He’s, of course, not happy that he had the injury and needed surgery, but he’s quite focused now and positive for his recovery.”
Rangers currently have a four-point cushion over rivals Celtic at the top of the table, but the club are now planning to dip into the transfer market to try and cover for Hagi’s absence.
Van Bronckhorst added: “It’s a big blow; we’ll 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.”
It is not all bad news, though, for the Dutchman, with Scott Arfield and Ryan Jack set to return from injury ahead of Wednesday’s match at Ibrox against Livingston (Match Betting – Rangers 1/6, Draw 6/1, Livingston 16/1).
Joe Aribo is also due to return from the Africa Cup of Nations, meaning he could feature in Saturday’s game against Ross County (Match Betting – Ross County 10/1, Draw 9/2, Rangers 2/7).
Rangers are currently on an 11-match unbeaten run and they will have on eye on the next Glasgow derby clash, with Van Bronckhorst’s side due to play Celtic on February 2.