Rangers have confirmed on their official website that Jake Hastie has returned to Motherwell on a season-long loan with the option of recalling the winger in January – and sporting director Ross Wilson has explained the decision.
Hastie, 22, joined Rangers on a free transfer last summer from Stephen Robinson’s side after netting seven goals in 18 games. It saw the Scotland Under-21 international earn a move to Ibrox.
However, Hastie managed just two Rangers outings before being loaned out to English side Rotherham United in the same summer. He scored three goals in 16 matches, and was recalled in January.
He failed to play for Rangers since rejoining the club and now has been loaned back to Fir Park. Wilson explained the decision to send Hastie back to the club he joined from, stating the winger needed top-tier experience.
“Jake needs to keep playing first team football and continue his development. We wanted that learning to come in the Scottish Premiership this season,” Wilson said.
“Our discussions with Motherwell have been positive and we share the same goal to make this loan experience a strong one .”
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 3, 2020
TBR’s view – Motherwell loan the right decision for Hastie
Jordan Jones, Greg Stewart, Ianis Hagi, Brandon Barker, Scott Arfield, Ryan Kent, Joe Aribo, Dapo Mebude, Glenn Middleton, Jamie Murphy. The options out wide are Rangers are plentiful.
Hastie is hardly last on that list, but he is certainly behind Hagi, Kent, Arfield and Aribo. If he stayed, he would get the odd substitute appearance and a cup game. That is not going to further his developement.
Returning to a club he knows and loves under the guidance of the excellent Robinson will help Hastie – and help the young Scot return to Rangers next summer like a new signing. A no-brainer.