Jake Hastie is set to sign for Rangers this week, according to reports.
The Motherwell winger is reaching the end of his contract at Fir Park and is free to speak with other clubs about joining them this summer.
Rangers were initially linked with a move last month, but reports said they’d pulled out of that with MLS side Atlanta United emerging as frontrunners for his signature.
Now, it appears Rangers are back in the driving seat and reports yesterday said he’ll sign for them this week.
Fans of the Ibrox club seem split on Hastie and what kind of signing he’ll be.
But here we explain why Hastie is a player supporters should be very happy about signing:
1 – He’s YoungEmbed from Getty Images
Rangers have missed the opportunity to sign the best young players in Scotland over recent years, electing to go with more expensive additions with experience. Now, they’re looking to the next generation of Scottish players and Hastie is definitely one of those. At just 20, he could develop into a top player with Rangers and their pre-contract signing of him could turn out to be a shrewd move if he’s worth millions in years to come. Rangers fans may be able to expect more signings like this under Steven Gerrard.
2 – Rangers Need Another Right WingerEmbed from Getty Images
Rangers have looked short at right wing this season, with only Daniel Candeias a viable option regularly in that position. He will continue to be, but, in Hastie, they would be signing a right winger who brings something different to the position. He’s left-footed and prefers cutting in on his stronger foot to assist and score. That’s a good alternative to the pace and crossing Candeias provides on the outside.
3 – He Makes an Impact
It’d be easy to assume Hastie has been on the scene for longer with Motherwell, but really he hasn’t. Hastie actually spent the first half of this season on loan at Alloa and had played very little for the Well first team before returning to break into Stephen Robinson’s squad in January. Since then, he’s not messed about in making an impact. In 14 games for Motherwell, he’s scored seven goals and assisted one to help the team to improve hugely in the second half of the campaign. Hastie looks like he doesn’t need much time to show his worth.
4 – He’s a Lot Like Greg StewartEmbed from Getty Images
Stewart is a player who has been linked with a move to Rangers this summer, but you’d assume that won’t happen with Hastie joining. There are nine years in age difference between the two, but not a lot between them in terms of ability – and Hastie may actually shade it in some areas when you compare them both. He’s faster and more powerful than Stewart and appears better in the air. Both are left-footed and do their best work cutting in from the right, but Stewart undoubtedly has more experience – about the only thing he gets the better of Hastie with.