STEVEN GERRARD is confident Rangers will reap the rewards of a settled Ianis Hagi as the Romanian looks to make an even bigger impact at Ibrox this season.

Hagi's fine form during a loan spell last term convinced Gerrard to bring him to Glasgow on a permanent basis from Genk in the summer.

After a sluggish start to the campaign, the playmaker has grown in confidence in recent weeks and become a key part of the Rangers attack.

Gerrard's side face Lech Poznan in the Europa League on Thursday night and the Gers boss is pleased with Hagi's progress.

He said: "Ianis is in a good place. I think he is really settled in Glasgow as his girlfriend is over now as well.

"He’s coming into the place smiling, happy and really enjoying his football.

"We wanted him here full-time in the summer because we could see his quality and ability.

"He is certainly someone who can open the door. In the past, we have had certain phases in our journey when we have found it hard to break teams down.

"He is one tool in our armoury who is very effective and has been since the beginning of the season. It’s my job to try and keep him fresh and use him at the right times because he is still young and developing into a man."