WITH the ever-improving Covid situation across Scotland, and a clear pathway out of restrictions having been announced this week, hope is building Ibrox will be able to welcome a significant number of supporters back at the start of next season.
That news will undoubtedly be welcomed by the 50,000 Rangers supporters who turn out in Govan every other week to back their team to the hilt, as well as by the players who rely so much on their backing.
They have had to watch on from home unfortunately, but optimism is certainly rising they will be back sooner rather than later to watch the champions defend their title as well as get a crack at qualifying for the Champions League.
One man who certainly knows the power of Ibrox is Ianis Hagi, who, while initially on-loan at the club last season, was able to experience the phenomenal Europa League comeback against Braga – with the home team roared on by an incredible atmosphere that night while the opposition were noticeably shaken by it.
"I said during the season that I miss them so much,” Hagi told RangersTV this week. Not only me but the entire team, we miss them so much and we know how close they were watching us on TV and staying at home and staying safe.
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"So it has been really tough for us, but it has been tougher for them being away from Ibrox and being away from their home basically.
"I am really looking forward to next season and to seeing the fans back at the stadium. I think it is an unbelievable feeling - you think about the fans and them being happy, and that is being back at Ibrox. Having that at Ibrox is special in tough moments when they pick you up and push you to the victory.
"As I said, it is just different to anything I have experienced until now. So it will be an advantage having the fans back."
Gers unfortunately will be without their loyal legions for this Sunday’s Scottish Cup derby when the other half of the Old Firm visit Ibrox in round four.
Hagi looked ahead to the clash, as well as taking time to reflect on the two experiences he has had in the fixture so far this season.
He explained: "It is an early Old Firm, and we would maybe have expected it to be later in the tournament. But, an Old Firm is an Old Firm, so it will be really beautiful, a really good game and obviously, we want to win and go to the next round and just get the job done.
"I think [I did] really good, especially the one we played at home. I came on at half time and I felt really good on the pitch and we won that game.
"There is something missing in an Old Firm and I think that is obvious - and that is the fans.
"Obviously, I am looking forward to having the fans in the stadium at home and away, and especially in an Old Firm game as everyone is talking about how different an Old Firm game with the fans in the stadium is, and how beautiful it is, so I am looking forward to that."
The champions, having earned that tag in record-time, are determined not to stop there, and the need to continue pushing in the league, and of course in the cup, is a clear one.
That was certainly the case in Sunday’s win over Hibs, with Hagi saying: "It wasn't just about between now and the end of the season - it is a mentality you are getting used to and you have to have it and at Rangers, it doesn't really matter at what point of the season you are at.
"I think it just shows the way that we are looking to the near-future and probably also next season.
"It is about just going out there and just trying to win games. That is what Rangers is used to and that is what we have to do.
"Next season there are three trophies to play for, but we can't forget the cup this season as well.
"As I said before, it is just about winning games and winning trophies as that is what Rangers is about."
Hagi himself is in fine fettle, having come off the recent international break having netted his first goal for the Romania A squad.
That moment was a personally massive one for him, and he added: "It meant a lot. Since being a kid, I have always wanted to represent my country at the highest level and score goals and qualify for the Euros and the World Cup.
"I think also, the career my father had and especially with Romania, it brings more enjoyment as it just feels right and it feels as if all the work I have put in, you can see it on the pitch.
"So I am really happy, but at the same time, this is just the beginning and it is just one goal for the national team and for sure, I don't want it to stop there and for sure, I won't stop trying to get goals and assists for the team and qualify Romania for a World Cup or a Euros."
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