There have been reports that the Gers are close to signing the 21-year-old from Racing Genk on a permanent basis, with it being claimed that a £5m deal is being negotiated.
However, Ferguson thinks Hagi is worth less than half that and has urged his former team to only shell out on the Romanian international if they can sign him for a lower price:
“I don’t think it is going to be anywhere near £5million. I would probably look nearer the £2m or just below that. He certainly has potential and showed flashes when he was here.”
“He’s still not got that consistency level because he’s only coming up for 21. It was an eye-opener coming over to Glasgow. You know what it is like to play for Rangers or Celtic. You are under severe pressure and he’s probably never felt that before.”
“But I do think he’s certainty got potential but I don’t think it is going to be anywhere near that transfer fee you mentioned. I think nearer the £2m mark I would take him. There is no doubt about that.”
Ferguson is right to point out that the Romanian is still relatively unproven, having only played 12 times for the Light Blues since arriving on loan in the January transfer window.
Yet, there is said to be interest in Hagi from Italian clubs, including Lazio and Cagliari, and that may force Rangers’ hands in paying slightly more for a player who certainly has the talent to help bridge the gap to Celtic.