Determined Ianis Hagi promised he’d come back better than ever as ace Rangers praised his family’s support for helping him through six months of traumatic hell.
The Ibrox player has not kicked a ball for Gio van Bronckhorst’s side since breaking his ACL in January Scottish Cup clash with Stirling Albion.
His father, Real Madrid and Barcelona icon Gheorghe Hagi, confessed last week that the 23-year-old could face another three to four months as he continues to recover from surgery big knee.
It’s been a dark period for the Romania international, who admits he’s been left with sleepless nights worrying about his future.
His distress was made worse by the fact he was forced to sit and watch his teammates increase their incredible charge last month Europa League finally in Seville.
But missed Rangers ‘remarkable journey, Hagi says he’s determined to reach further heights when he returns to action.
In an interview in his hometown with AS.ro , the Rangers star said: “The team’s path to the Europa League final has been phenomenal. When you have an injury like that, it’s never easy.
“Sometimes you’re alone, and you can’t sleep at night.
“My family was with me. They supported me unconditionally and understood what I needed for a 100% recovery. I am very happy with how the recovery went.
“Life is too complicated. Everything that has happened in my life since I started playing football has been surrounded by football.
“(Injured) is like taking away a child’s toy so I can’t do what I love.
“There are times when you feel alone. The people I love have helped me get through this moment in my life.
“100% I will come back stronger, I have no doubt. I know myself, I know who I am. What matters is how you feel and how confident you are.
“I’m sure I’ll come back even better!”
Van Bronckhorst has big plans for Hagi at the end of the year and is looking for the former Fiorentina and Genk attacker to take on a creative role for the team when Joe Aribo goes on AFCON duty.
But the Dutchman was forced to think again when Hagi hit the floor in the 15th minute of his fourth-round match against Binos after a shrill knee on the Ibrox court.
Hagi added: “The three hardest days were from the injury to the day the doctor told me exactly what I had done.
“I don’t know how long it will take to recover. It was a very difficult time.
“I never felt like I was going to give up. I don’t think about a specific time when I’ll be back.
“The road is still long. I, along with the club, decided to divide my recovery into several stages. I tried to make it as easy as possible mentally.”
Hagi’s dismissal gave the Ibrox ace time to consider plans beyond the competition days.
But he insists he has a lot to offer on the pitch before moving on to life with it.
He said: “I love coaching, I will see myself as a coach at the end of my career, even if I hope I still have 10-15 years of football left.
“I don’t think anything can happen in this life, right now, where I’m going to get to the point where I say I’m going to give up football, that I’m not going to play anymore or that I’m in the mood. very bad and I can’t come back mentally”.