Rangers cruised into the second qualifying round of the Europa League with a 6-0 second-leg win over St. Joseph’s at Ibrox on Thursday night – but fans were unimpressed with new signing Jake Hastie.
Hastie, 20, joined Rangers on a free transfer from Motherwell this summer after a sparkling second half to the campaign at Fir Park, scoring six goals in 12 Scottish Premiership outings.
The winger made his debut for Rangers in the second leg, lasting 58 minutes before Scott Arfield replaced the young star. Hastie failed to make the kind of impact he may have hoped for in front of 45,000 fans at Ibrox.
Alfredo Morelos took the plaudits as he scored a superb hat-trick, taking his tally to four goals in just two games already this season. Jermain Defoe scored twice, while new signing Joe Aribo also found the back of the net.
Hastie has enormous competition on the flanks at Rangers, with Jamie Murphy, Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart, Dapo Mebude, and Sheyi Ojo vying for a place. Ryan Kent could return, while Daniel Candeias looks set to leave.
Rangers fans reacted on Twitter to Hastie’s debut in the Light Blue colours, and though many were unimpressed, they feel the youngster will eventually come good. One fan claimed he was “trying too hard”.
Jake Hastie will do fine for Rangers. Thought he was just trying too hard tonight. Needs time to settle.
— ?????? (@Gregco_) July 18, 2019
Hastie deffo needs a loan and a good run of games. Is he any better than Middleton?
— Robert Clark (@TenementLight) July 18, 2019
Hastie is very raw. But his work rate and effort will ensure he does well at us.
— Derrick (@dmcm24286) July 19, 2019
last nites observations
hastie is not quite ready
Kamara Aribo Davis first choice midddle 3
tav needs to stay polster is no where near same level
Docherty has improved
I still love Scotty arfield
55 is coming this season ??
— rosco1900 (@rosco1900) July 19, 2019
Didn't rate Hastie tonight tbh
— Vikki (@Missvikki79) July 18, 2019
Would rather let him go on loan and keep Candeias
— flagrant misconduct (@Fmisconduct) July 18, 2019
Aye Hastie didn’t do too well tonight, but he’s only 20 so he’s very raw and he’ll only get better in time. Candeias would’ve definitely had a chance this season.
— Kevin Wakeham (@KWRFC1995) July 18, 2019