According to the latest reports from the Herald Scotland, Rangers are interested in reopening negotiations for Motherwell’s winger Jake Hastie. At the beginning of the month, reports from the Evening Times conveyed that Rangers had pulled out of the race for the talented winger as the transfer negotiations had dragged on for quite a few weeks.
Rangers need to add reinforcements to their squad in the summer if they want to put up a better challenge to Celtic next season. Even with all the talks of Rangers’ improvement, Celtic are likely to cruise towards their treble.
Hastie has been one of the stars of the Premiership ever since he came back from loan at Fir Park. The Well winger caught the eye with his impressive performances and his success in front of goal. The winger’s contract expires at the end of the season so that further makes him a lucrative signing. MLS outfit Atlanta United are also said to be interested in the Scotsman.
Are Rangers taking the right call by rekindling their interest?
Hastie has the potential to be a once in a generation talent and on a free transfer, he is almost a no brainer for us. Even though Rangers have plenty of cover for the left wing spot, Hastie can be a good option. There is also a chance that Gerrard will deploy him from the right flank next season.
There is an argument that since the Bears have already signed Jordan Jones from Kilmarnock for the next season, there is no need for them to go after a winger. However, Hastie on a free transfer is just too hard to ignore.
What will he add to the squad?
In just a few months, Hastie has managed to bring himself to the limelight. His pace and ability to take on defenders have been impressive but what has stood out is his composure in the final third. Often young wingers are guilty of not being able to come up with the final product. However, Hastie seems to have a knack of scoring goals, and that is always a positive sign for any winger.
What can this mean for Rangers and their pursuit of Ryan Kent?
A few days back, reports came out that the gaffer would travel to Liverpool to negotiate a deal for Ryan Kent. Now we don’t know what happened, but it could be that Gerrard realised that getting Kent on loan or signing him permanently is out of bounds. Therefore he probably decided to reopen negotiations for Hastie again.