Rangers have reportedly decided against making a move to sign Motherwell wonderkid Jake Hastie on a pre-contract basis ahead of the summer window – so could Celtic now make an offer?
The Scottish Sun reported back in February that the Old Firm enemies were going head to head to land the impressive 21-year-old. Since returning to Fir Park in January, he has shone under Stephen Robinson.
The impressive winger was on loan at Alloa but has returned to score six goals in 11 games for The Well. That includes a brace against Livingston and one against Hearts.
Hastie’s contract at Fir Park is set to expire at the end of the season. He was expected to join Rangers – as Jordan Jones has done by signing a pre-contract agreement under the Bosman ruling, allowing him to join this summer.
The Evening Times claim Rangers had agreed a pre-contract, but as time has gone on, they have changed their mind. A surprise move to MLS champions Atlanta United is supposedly on the cards.
But could Celtic now reignite their interest and consider a move for Hastie? Certainly, the Hoops are said to be interested in Hastie and he could be an excellent signing, given that he is on a free.
His goal return in such a short space of time for a side that are not renowned for their strike rate in front of goal is somewhat astonishing. It is not as if he has been playing up front – these goals have come from out wide.
Celtic do have a number of options out wide, but that could change this summer. Scott Sinclair’s contract remains a doubt, while Oliver Burke and Timo Weah are only on loan. Daniel Arzani remains plagued with an ACL injury.
Landing Hastie would not only give Celtic proven Scottish Premiership cover, but also a player that has enormous potential to become a Scotland international – all on a free transfer.