The Glasgow Evening Times have claimed that Rangers youngster Jake Hastie is set to leave the club on loan and move down south to English League One side Rotherham United – just months after signing for Rangers.
Hastie, 20, enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Motherwell last season – despite spending rhe first half of the campaign on lan at Alloa. He returned to Fir Park in January, and scored six goals as well as laying on two assists in 15 games.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Steven Gerrard moved swiftly to land the Scotland Under-21 international and bring him to Ibrox. This season, he has made two appearances for the Glasgow club.
The competition out wide is enormous at Rangers. New signigns Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart and Sheyi Ojo continue to rival the likes of Jamie Murphy, Brandon Barker and others. The club are also interested in bringing Ryan Kent back to Ibrox.
Hastie is well down the pecking order, though it is clear he was signed for the future. Indeed, Eros Grezda is expected to leave after struggling with the competition while Glenn Middleton has also left on loan. Hastie is set to join Rotherham.
TBR’s view – Hastie has got to shine on loan from Rangers
As aforementioned, the competition is enormous out wide at Rangers. Steven Gerrard has built a side not only capable of challenging Celtic and remaining competitive in Europe, but also a squad that has plenty of strength in depth.
It will see players fall by the wayside, though. Those that cannot cope with the competition will be found out. Just because Hastie has gone on loan, though, does not mean he is one of those players. But the pressure is on.
Fully aware of the competition at Rangers, Hastie must go to Rotherham and score plenty of goals and create just as much if he is to have any chance of returning to Glasgow next summer and breaking into the side.