Rangers-bound Jake Hastie's ex-coach makes James Forrest comparison

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers are reportedly set to bring Jake Hastie to Ibrox this summer.

26th January 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Motherwell;  Nathan Ralph of Dundee races past Jake Hastie of Motherwell

Jake Hastie's former coach Andy Smith has told The Scottish Sun that the reportedly Rangers-bound youngster should take inspiration from the likes of Ryan Fraser and James Forrest as he looks to build on his outstanding breakout season in the Scottish Premiership.

Hastie has scored seven goals for Motherwell since returning to his parent club in January. And The Scottish Sun reports that he is on his way to Ibrox at the end of the season when his contract expires.

 

Despite his form, Hastie's expected arrival at Rangers appears to have divided supporters somewhat, with some yet to be convinced that he will be able to step up, especially with the amount of depth that Steven Gerrard's squad boast in wide areas.

But Smith - who coached Hastie while he was in the academy at Fir Park - suggested that he will remain on the right track if he looks to emulate players such as Fraser and one of Celtic's key men.

James Forrest of Celtic controls the ball during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 31, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

“If there’s a model for Jake it should be boys like Ryan Fraser and James Forrest," he told The Scottish Sun. “Ryan, in particular, is one whose career’s gone from strength to strength.

“He’s developed physically and is now a regular at an established English Premier League club in Bournemouth. 

“James Forrest is the same — just a tremendous talent who added the physicality you need to play top-flight football. There’s no reason why Jake can’t get to that sort of level."

Ryan Fraser of Bournemouth celebrates after he scores a goal to make it 2-0 during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and AFC Bournemouth at American Express Community...

Forrest has enjoyed an outstanding season as Rangers know. But Fraser has really been a revelation in the Premier League, contributing 12 assists - only Eden Hazard has provided more this season.

Hastie's move to Rangers is still to be confirmed. But if he does seal a switch to Ibrox, it could be a fantastic piece of business for the Gers, particularly if he is able to start showing the kind of form that leads to further comparisons with the in-form Bournemouth star.

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