Former Rangers and Motherwell forward Iain Ferguson believes Jake Hastie will be a big hit at Ibrox if he joins up with Steven Gerrard’s first-team squad as expected this summer.
The 20-year-old is reported to be on the brink of signing a pre-contract with the Gers that will see him make the move from the Steelman at the end of the season on a four-year deal.
Scoring seven goals in 14 appearances since bursting into Stephen Robinson’s starting eleven in January, the exciting winger is regarded as one of the top young talents in the Scottish Premiership.
Rangers TV pundit Ferguson certainly thinks he has the attributes to be a success.
As reported by The Scottish Sun, the 56-year-old said:
Even though Motherwell lost 3-0, I was actually really impressed with Hastie when he played against Rangers recently. I was covering the match for Rangers TV and he was a goal threat. He looked phsyically strong for young boy.
He had a bit of pace, took up great positions and he got himself a couple of scoring opportunities. He showed no fear.
I think Hastie will get his chance. The coaching staff have proved their view is that if you are good enough, you are old enough. If he goes there and impresses during pre-season and in training – the same way he has impressed in the last six months – then he will get his chance.
It will be up to him to grab it with both hands. I’m quite sure he will be an asset to the Rangers squad.
There’ll be plenty of competition in the wide areas at Rangers next season, with Jordan Jones also signing on a free transfer from Kilmarnock. It’ll be needed, especially if Ryan Kent is unable to return on loan from Liverpool.
Adding the pace and power of players like Hastie could be crucial in breaking down Scottish Premiership sides. The 20-year-old has already shown he can do it at this level and surrounded by better players, he should develop even more.
Hopefully he lives up to the hype he is currently generating.
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