Quick St Johnstone Press Conference Report

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By Craig Rae

Michael Beale was delighted with the return of Ianis Hagi in today’s 2-0 victory over St Johnstone at Ibrox.

The Romanian midfielder has been out of action for more than a year with an ACL and received a standing ovation from the Ibrox support when being substituted on in the 73rd minute.

“It was lovely to see him come back after a year at Ibrox and receive the ovation from the man and see how much he means to them.” 

Whilst being happy that he is back in the squad, the manager was quick to point out that we shouldn’t be expecting too much of Hagi right away. 

“Ianis is nowhere near ready to start it was just lovely to bring him back on again, he played a little bit longer than we wanted to but we both had this date in mind and weren’t going to budge.” 

Asked by Romanian Media about when we can expect to see Ianis Hagi starting, the manager simply answered.

“I think towards the end of next month Ianis Hagi will be wanting to start a cup final as opposed to watching it.”

Make of that what you will.

Cantwell Debut 

Todd Cantwell also made his debut today and was taken aback by the occasion.

“I had proper goosebumps walking out for the first time. It’s something that I’ll hold with me for a very long time”

The Englishman has arrived with a lot of hype and is expected to give the midfield a bout of energy to help provide the forward areas with goals.

We did see a different side to Cantwell today though, with a solid performance personified by his pressing and ability to work hard and jump into tackles, winning the ball back.

It’s something that he spoke about after the match:

“I’ve been labelled as the guy who never works hard and I don’t know where it comes from to be honest. Whenever I put on the shirt I’ll always give 100%. Sharpness wise I probably wasn’t there today but I need to get these minutes in and build the blocks.”

All and it it was a good day at the office for Michael Beale who has is unbeaten in his first 10 games as manager.

I believe the phrase is ‘chips and hame’.

Up next, a tricky away tie at Tynecastle on Wednesday as Rangers look to keep the pressure on Celtic at the top of the table. 

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