According to one of his Romanian football friends, IANIS HAGI has revealed he is expected to be out for six months following his knee surgery.
The Rangers star has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Scottish Cup win over Stirling Albion.
He has had surgery and is out for the campaign but former Rapid and Dinamo Bucharest president and family friend Dinu Gheorghe says Hagi is very optimistic he can return stronger.
He said: “I have spoken to Ianis and he will be making a strong recovery. The operation was a complete success and went very well.
“The operation was performed by a specialist in his field and Ianis said the most important thing for him was to focus on recovering properly.
“It’s a grueling recovery program. He will have a strict schedule that he has to stick to, day after day, hour after hour. But I am convinced that he will come back stronger.”
“He will be out for six months so it’s a shame for our new coach Edi Iordanescu that he will also be absent for the internationals in June.”
Elsewhere, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is hoping his stars are still suffering from their recent defeat by Old Firm and is seeking revenge.
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Postecoglou’s side impressed for a long time at Ibrox last August but failed to convert their chances and Rangers won 1-0.
The hoops have since improved and added players.
But boss Postecoglou wants his side to use those feelings of injustice – and what they’ve learned since – to propel them into Wednesday’s massive Parkhead showdown.
He said: “We had some good chances at Ibrox, didn’t take them and were punished.
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“There’s a good lesson, but the most important thing is how you react.
“You can’t dismiss missed opportunities like that, because if you do that and don’t push them away, you don’t learn anything.
“We had a difficult start to the season, but our reaction was important.
“We rolled up our sleeves to go once more and be more resilient as a team and we did that.
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“In the last three and a half months we have been as consistent as anyone else in this league.
“This is what you are looking for. It would be easy to say you played well and it doesn’t hurt too much, but I don’t think you learn anything.
“That’s how you react and the players have to be given credit for reacting correctly.”
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