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Sport Steven Gerrard swoons over Rangers hero Scott Wright as he provides Ianis Hagi injury update

19:15  31 july  2021
19:15  31 july  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard rued the early injury to Ianis Hagi in his side's 3-0 Scottish Premiership opening day win against Livingston – but says Scott Wright is more than capable of filling the Champions League void.

Hagi delivered the first goal of the 2021-22 league season inside the opening eight minutes but would later be replaced by Wright after an injury.

Wright then added the second with a beautiful second-half finish before Kemar Roofe capitalised on some woeful Livi defending to knock in a third.

Gerrard believes the former Aberdeen man shone in his substitute appearance and is a ready made replacement for Hagi, who now could miss out against Malmo on Tuesday night in the club's first top-level European qualifier in a decade.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Gerrard said: "It's never helpful to lose a player that early, especially when you've only got three substitutions. Last year you'd probably get away with that a bit more because you've got the extra couple of subs.

"He scored an important goal for us to get us up and running.

"And hopefully the kick is not too serious, he's a bit sore just now but hopefully it shouldn't keep him out for too long.

Quizzed if the Romanian will be out for next week, Gerrard responded: "Potentially.

"But we've got good physios and good doctors here so hopefully we can pull a rabbit out the hat and get him ready for Tuesday, because he's going to be important for us."

Wright's performance meant Hagi's absence wasn't missed too much however and the 23-year-old has forced his way into his manager's Champions League thinking.

"Scott could have started today," Gerrard added. "I think his performances in pre-season have been outstanding.

"We're working on him a lot in the final third in terms of getting numbers into his game.

"But I thought he came on today and was a bright spark. Full of energy, he sees a pass and he's always looking forward and looking to penetrate.

"He's quick and got his rewards from another strong performance. He's really in my thinking for Tuesday night."

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A full house at Ibrox bore witness to a 2-1 defeat despite the hosts playing against 10 men for 45 minutes. The Premiership champions had lost the first leg in Sweden, but were 1-0 up at Ibrox through Alfredo Morelos when Bonke Innocent saw red on the stroke of half-time.

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