David McCarthy Raises the Possibility of Ianis Hagi’s Return to Rangers in January

David McCarthy has sparked speculation about the potential return of Ianis Hagi to Rangers during the upcoming January transfer window. McCarthy openly expressed his bewilderment at the decision to let Hagi leave Ibrox, describing it as a “head-scratcher.”

The Romanian attacking midfielder embarked on a season-long loan to Spanish club Deportivo Alaves in La Liga after finding himself lower in the pecking order following the extensive summer overhaul of Michael Beale’s attacking options.

While the primary focus for improvement in Philippe Clement’s squad this January is securing a new number nine, McCarthy, a journalist for the Daily Record, hinted at the prospect of Hagi making an early return to Rangers. He found it “interesting” to contemplate whether the Belgian manager would explore the option of recalling Hagi ahead of the original plan.

In his analysis featured in the Daily Record’s Monday Jury on November 27, McCarthy stated, “He needs a goalscorer to convert more of the chances that are being created. It will be interesting to see if he tries to bring Ianis Hagi back from Spain. The decision to let him go on loan was a head-scratcher.”

Hagi’s departure from Ibrox earlier in the year surprised many, as he had recently returned to full fitness after overcoming a challenging spell of injuries. Despite his impressive performance in a Viaplay Cup clash with Greenock Morton, he was unexpectedly sent away. Although this match was not against Celtic in an Old Firm showdown, Hagi’s display demonstrated his ability to make a positive impact during the season.

Since his move to Spain, Hagi’s stint with Deportivo Alaves has not been marked by glamour, as the 25-year-old has managed only one assist in 10 La Liga appearances. However, he made headlines during an international break by scoring the winning goal for Romania in their victory over Israel. This accomplishment underscored Hagi’s potential to contribute significantly both internationally and, potentially, back at Rangers.