Frank McAvennie has told Open Goal’s Right In The Coupon that Jake Hastie should stay at Motherwell for another season, rather than joining Rangers this summer.
The Scottish Sun claimed earlier this month that 20-year-old Hastie is close to signing a pre-contract agreement with the Teddy Bears. His contract at Fir Park expires this summer.
The youngster was recalled by Stephen Robinson in January from his loan at Alloa. Since then, he has scored six goals in nine appearances for the Well from out wide.
Rangers have taken note and are reportedly interested in signing him, despite already boasting a number of wingers already. But Celtic icon McAvennie says Hastie would be making the wrong move.
“I don’t know if Hastie is going to replace [Ryan] Kent,” McAvennie said. “He’s only had a couple of games, he might not make it at Rangers. He would be better to have another season [at Motherwell].
“I know it’s difficult to turn down Rangers, but he’s not going to get a game. If I was going to give him advice, it would be to have another season and be good enough to walk into the first team.”
McAvennie is bang on. Rangers will have Jordan Jones added to a whole list of wingers this summer. The Gers currently boast Jamie Murphy, Glenn Middleton, Eros Grezda, Daniel Candeias and Ryan Kent.
It remains to be seen if Kent will sign a permanent deal from Liverpool. But adding Hastie in to that list of players will hardly give the Scotland youth international any kind of chance of senior football.
Hastie should heed McAvennie’s advice and stay at Motherwell. Perhaps, Rangers should sign Hastie and send him back on loan to Fir Park for the 2019-20 campaign.