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Ianis Hagi inspires Rangers comeback, 3-2 against Braga

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Ianis Hagi the son of Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi took center stage tonight in Glasgow Rangers come back victory.

21-year-old Ianis Hagi brought his family’s great name back to the forefront of football tonight. His two goals inspired a victorious comeback for his new club Glasgow Rangers.

Hagi only arrived at Rangers this January on loan from Genk. Tonights Europa League clash was only his sixth appearance for the club.

Steven Gerrard’s side found themselves a goal down in the 11th minute to a Rodrigues Barbosa effort.

That lead was doubled right before the hour mark by Ruiz.

The Ibrox faithful were booing their side. The Gers were being dominated by their Portuguese opponents in their own backyard.

But in the 67th minute, Ianis Hagi got his and Rangers first. This set the wheels in motion for an enthralling final twenty or so minutes.

As Braga missed the chance to make it three-nil a quick counter-attack saw Hagi and Rangers on the run.

He powered down the right-wing, before cutting in towards goal. He unleashed a cracking left-foot shot. It found the back of the net via the inside of the post.

In the 75th minute, a goal of pure beauty was scored by Joe Aribo to level things up.

Aribo’s amazing solo goal got the Ibrox faithful cheering again.

The match was poised on a knife-edge.

Does Braga try and hold out for a point, do Rangers do likewise?

Or does one of them go for it?

Rangers went all in.

The opportunity to win it presented itself when they won a freekick in the 82nd minute.

Who else but the young Hagi with his father Gheorghe watching in the stands stepped up.

His effort from all of 25 yards out struck the wall. However, a combination of the power of his shot and a wicked deflection saw the ball drop into the goal.

Rangers had stolen the lead and with it a chance of progressing to the next round.

Steven Gerrard and company went absoltue wild and delerium set in at Ibrox.