Jake Hastie needs to leave Rangers on loan after Brandon Barker deal

Jake Hastie of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers winger Jake Hastie has struggled to make an impact during the early stages of his Ibrox career.

Jake Hastie of Rangers in action during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

While Jake Hastie would have known that he faced a tough task forcing his way into Steven Gerrard's plans when he signed for Rangers, he probably would not have expected to be used quite as sparingly as he has been since joining the Gers.

Hastie's only appearance for the Light Blues so far came in the Europa League clash with St Joseph's, and he has not been in a matchday squad since that day.

 

With the transfer window still open, it may not be a huge surprise to see Hastie secure a loan move before the deadline passes. He was excellent during the second-half of last season with Motherwell, but it appears that Gerrard is yet to be convinced that he is quite ready for first-team football at Ibrox.

Subscribe

And given the events on transfer deadline day in England, it would appear that it has become even more imperative that Hastie joins another club on loan this summer.

Rangers Manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Kilmarnock and Rangers at Rugby Park on August 04, 2019 in Kilmarnock, Scotland.

Rangers bolstered their wide options with a move for Manchester City starlet Brandon Barker, with BBC Sport reporting that he had signed a three-year deal with the Gers.

Barker has played in the Scottish Premiership, as well as in the second tier in both the Netherlands and England. It would not be a surprise to see the 22-year-old immediately placed higher in the pecking order than Hastie.

With Hastie already struggling for game-time, Barker's arrival makes it even more important that Hastie seals a loan move elsewhere. He needs the chance to develop and perfect his game, and perhaps prove a point to Gerrard.

Preston North End's Brandon Barker under pressure from Swansea City's Connor Roberts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Preston North End at Liberty Stadium on...

Rangers should have the depth to cope without Hastie for the coming months. And there are also young players such as Josh McPake ready to come in if Gerrard's options are stretched as season continues. 

There is every reason to think that Hastie can go on to have a brilliant career at Rangers. But it appears that taking one step back and heading out on loan may be the best way for the youngster to make several steps forward in the future.  

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch