Motherwell manager Graham Alexander says Jake Hastie has been putting in the work ‘behind the scenes’ after the Rangers loanee shone at the weekend.

The winger has endured a frustrating season since returning to Fir Park on loan from Rangers. He impressed his manager on Saturday during a 2-0 win over Kilmarnock, Hastie due to head back to Rangers after the final two Scottish Premiership matches.

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Rangers loanee Hastie impressed for Motherwell at the weekend. (Photo by Ross MacDonald/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Alexander was pleased with the on-loan Rangers talent and his team at the weekend: “We deserved the win, I thought we were excellent. What delighted me was that we didn’t look like the season was done. We didn’t look like it was a dead-end game, I thought our approach was brilliant.

“The result and performance was top-notch and we thoroughly deserved the three points. The team’s been on a good run of form but there have been great training performances by people who’ve been knocking on the door. It was a chance to reward some of them for how they’ve trained.

“It was Sam Foley’s first game for a long time but he’s trained really well. Jake Hastie’s been putting in a lot of work behind the scenes to get back in the team and he was a real threat. It was good for those boys because you want them to feel good about themselves and it can be difficult when you’re training well and not getting game time.

“The first goal was excellent and though we got a bit sloppy for a spell, we rallied and got the second which put the result beyond doubt.”

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