IANIS HAGI was smoking as he inspired one of Rangers’ greatest ever European comebacks.
Hagi scored a stunning brace against Braga on Thursday night — leading Scott Arfield to brand him the ‘Romanian Russell Latapy’.
Arfield reckons former Falkirk team-mate Latapy, who also became a cult hero at Ibrox, was the best he played with, despite having a 40-a-day cigarette habit.
Hagi, on loan from Genk, proved he is cut from the same cloth as the Caribbean genius with a sensational display on his Europa League bow for Gers.
It was a performance from the 21-year-old playmaker which completely blew Arfield away.
The Gers midfielder said: “It was quality, wasn’t it?
“To come to a club like this and have those special moments is brilliant for him.
“When I’m asked who was the most talented player I’ve played with I always go back to Russell Latapy. Always.
“But he was about 20 years older than Hagi when I played with him. And he smoked 40 fags more than Hagi!
“Not much pace, like Hagi. Not electric in terms of pace but he drops the shoulder and makes things happen. Those are the players I love.”