Jake Hastie has made quite the impact at Motherwell in recent weeks. Scoring four goals in four games, the Well youth academy project is spearheading Motherwell’s late charge for the top six.
His contract is up in six months though, and this has alerted the attention of many clubs both north and south of the border. The Sun said last week that Hull City were reportedly interested in the winger, but now they have reported that Celtic and Rangers are reportedly tracking in the 19-year old.
Motherwell have benefited greatly from Hastie’s services since he returned from a loan spell at Alloa in January. The Steelmen have made the youngster the best offer they can, but with no deal signed yet, this has got other teams interested.
Hastie clearly has potential, but whether he would succeed at either of the big Glasgow clubs is questionable.
Fir Park is the best place for his development
With the news of Brendan Rodgers’ imminent departure from Parkhead, Hastie would be foolish to even consider an offer from the Premiership champions just now.
With no manager at the helm, it is unknown whether the next boss would want Hastie or not. If the youngster penned a deal at Parkhead, the new manager may not wish to use Hastie, leaving him out in the cold for a number of months.
Rangers offers a more tantalising prospect. Daniel Candeias is on the wrong side of 30, Ryan Kent will return to Liverpool after his loan spell and Jamie Murphy will take time to get up to speed after his injury.
There are clear vacancies at Ibrox in the winger’s department next year. Hastie hasn’t even started 10 Premiership games though, so whether he could make a jump of that size is questionable.
The best place for his development is Fir Park. He is fast becoming a fans’ favourite with his energetic and explosive style of play. He will continue to get regular minutes under Stephen Robinson and this will massively aid his development. Hastie’s potential was shown when he got minutes at Alloa this season and when he returned to Motherwell.
These minutes would fade if he moved to Glasgow. Hastie could make that level one day, but that time is not now.
Hastie should pen a new deal with Robinson’s men, as this will benefit his career in the long run.