According to Sky Sports, Glasgow Rangers are close to signing a four-year deal with Motherwell winger Jake Hastie on a pre-season contract this summer.
The 19-year-old is a versatile attacking player who also has an eye for scoring goals. He has bagged five in only 11 games this term.
He will turn 20 soon, enabling Rangers the opportunity to develop his natural talents, with Steven Gerrard and his coaching staff working with the lad.
Hastie was brought up in Carfin and has been with the Fir Park club since the age of nine or 10, so the Steelmen will definitely be compensated for their loss.
The Rangers target is strong, fast and almost six feet tall. A terrific dribbler and a nuisance to play against, he is a defender’s nightmare to control for the full game.
If Hastie appears at outside right, he cuts in onto his stronger left foot to give him the chance to score, or you play him on his natural left side to produce the crosses.
The Rangers target is already a winner – in April 2016 Hastie was part of the Motherwell team that won the Scottish Youth Cup, beating Hearts 5-2.
In March 2019 he won the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month awards for February.
His good form continues to draw attention from the media and he has been named in the Scotland U21 squad for the Mexico and Sweden games.
I loved Hastie’s comment that he is an admirer of Gareth Bale and studies the Welsh master’s work in order to improve his own game.
If the usually reliable Sky Sports are correct about Rangers introducing another young star to their squad, it would be a masterstroke by Gerrard and director of football Mark Allen.
Again Rangers are looking to strengthen their squad by taking advantage of expiring contracts of a rising stars, as they already did with 23-year-old Glen Kamara from Dundee and Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones.
The Rangers U17’s have made some jewel-in-the-crown signings, and they are continuing to work hard with younger players with the hope that some of them will break through to the first team.
Gerrard made shrewd use of the transfer market, by signing Scott Arfield and Allan McGregor in two free deals that have proved successful for Rangers already.
He is a real talent in red-hot form and Hastie could be an outstanding signing, if he works extremely hard with the coaches, and manages to keep his feet on the ground.