Dorin Goian has revealed the secret financial muscle that will ensure Ianis Hagi makes a permanent move to Ibrox.
The midfielder flopped at Genk after a big money move from Romania where he starred for his daddy’s club.
Genk quickly realised their mistake, brought in Eboue Kouassi on loan from Celtic and sent Hagi to Ibrox for the second half of this season.
Goian was one of Ally McCoist’s key signings in the spring of 2011, playing his part in throwing away a 15 point lead before the club plunged into administration then had their CVA rejected by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.
The defender TUPE’d his contract over to the new club who quickly sent him on loan to Italian side Spezia to offset part of his wages.
In total Goian made 35 top team appearances at Ibrox which gives him an insider’s view of the cash crisis that saw a Going Concern issued in the 2019 accounts with a £10m shortfall forecast for this season.
Goian told the Daily Record:
Let me tell you a secret about Rangers’ financial muscle. When they were put into the fourth tier in Scottish football they not only wanted me to stay, but they offered me the same money I was on in the top league.
Ianis loves Rangers and playing at Ibrox. If he trusts his own talent and his potential, he will win the heart of the Rangers supporters, which is not easy. It all depends on him which path he takes, but I am sure it will be at Rangers.
Hagi is on loan at Ibrox until June with the Record recently reporting that Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali believed the midfielder was worth €100m.