Motherwell look to have been dealt a blow in their bid to keep hold of one of the top prospects in Scottish football.
The Scottish Sun is reporting that Jake Hastie is set to agree a pre-contract with Rangers. Losing Hastie will be a huge loss to the Steelmen.
He has been a stand-out performer in recent months, scoring five goals so far this season. The Fir Park won’t lose the player on a free at least, as they will receive a development fee.
That won’t make up for the loss of Hastie, but the side can recover from this blow. The departure of players from provincial clubs to the Old Firm is something that has always happened in Scottish football.
Motherwell have dealt with it before, selling Phil O’Donnell to Celtic in 1994, for example. The Steelmen will no doubt have another crop of youngsters ready to fill the breach left by Hastie.
David Turnbull has been excellent for Motherwell this season, and he could be the next player on the radar for the big two in Glasgow.
It has been a meteoric rise for Hastie, who has made only seven appearances in the Premiership this season. His success can become a blueprint for other youngsters at Fir Park.
Make your name at Motherwell, leave for a bigger club and earn the Steelmen a good fee on the way out. That is what has always happened in football, and Hastie’s move to Rangers is just the latest example.