Jake Hastie has been told he’ll need to develop a thick skin ahead of becoming a Rangers player.
The Motherwell starlet will join up with the Light Blues this summer, after already agreeing a four-year deal with the Scottish giants.
Hastie was signed by Rangers after impressing at Fir Park following a short loan spell with Alloa.
He has been so good in fact, that he was amongst the nominees for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, despite having only played 12 games due to his loan.
Hastie’s pre-contract agreement with the Gers has seen him become targeted by some Motherwell supporters, and Greg Docherty – back at Ibrox now after his season-long loan to Shrewsbury Town – has offered his advice to the winger.
He said, as quoted by The Scottish Sun: “When I made my move from Accies, the thing that I had to get used to was making sure I got that consistency of performance.
“The club requires that you perform as close to maximum as you can at all times. There will be a lot more opinions voiced about Jake than he will have been used to at Motherwell.
“You have to develop a thick skin when you play for a club like Rangers.”
Footballers need thick skins wherever they play, but certainly there is a greater spotlight at Rangers and Celtic than Motherwell.
Things are arguably magnified much more, but fans will take to players that show they want to play for the badge.
If Hastie can endear himself to the fans early on by buying into Steven Gerrard’s workhorse style, then his natural talent will surely see him become a big hit, which will buy him some breathing space in the tough moments.