STEVEN GERRARD is confident the best is yet to come from Ianis Hagi as the spotlight shines on the out-of-sorts Romanian at present.

Hagi has endured a frustrating start to the campaign following his summer switch to Ibrox and has been unable to replicate the form he showed during a loan spell last season.

The fall-out from Sunday’s draw with Livingston again saw Hagi come in for some criticism in certain quarters but his manager still has huge faith in the 21-year-old.

Gerrard said: “We probably left it a little too late against Livingston. But in terms of Hagi, he didn’t have his best game that’s for sure.

“But I can’t question his attitude or desire. This is a kid who knows when he’s played well and who knows when he hasn’t.

“His best is yet to come. Against Braga and afterwards he was the best thing since sliced bread so the reaction to his performance against Livingston probably mirrors the reaction to the team’s overall.

“He was worth ‘x’ amount of millions of pounds. We are at a club where people like to point a lot of fingers at certain individuals.

“It will be a different challenge against Kilmarnock because they set up differently from Livi.

“They have started better than their points total suggests so we know it will be another difficult challenge.

“We’ve had a good week training and we’re looking forward to the game.”