Pacy winger Jake Hastie is nearing a return to Rangers as his nightmare loan stint at Partick Thistle enters its final weeks, but his Ibrox future looks bleak.
There was some excitement when the Gers brought Hastie in in the summer of 2019 after his promising second half of the 2018/19 season at Motherwell.
However, he hasn’t been able to kick on at Ibrox.
After just two nervy first-team appearances, he was shipped out to Rotherham United on loan, where he was initially a big hit.
His early form soon deserted him, though, and a stint back at Motherwell last season was unproductive.
Rangers loanee struggling at Partick Thistle
It looked like last chance saloon when he joined Partick Thistle on a six-month loan in August and despite Ian McCall praising the 22-year-old’s potential upon his arrival, it’s been another unsuccessful stint.
Hastie hasn’t started a game for Thistle, hasn’t featured in any of their last five league fixtures and is yet to score a goal or register an assist.
Such has been his struggle for minutes, he was allowed to play against Rangers B in a City of Glasgow Cup match earlier this week.
Ibrox return beckons
It’s unclear if he’ll add to his six substitute appearances for the Jags in the comings weeks but its highly unlikely that his loan will be extended beyond its initial expiry date of January and he has little chance of breaking into Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers side upon his return to Ibrox.
GvB is, of course, likely to give the former Scotland youth international a chance to impress during the club’s mid-season training camp, but if he can’t get into a second-tier starting XI, it’s very unlikely that he’ll have more success at the Premiership champions.
Hastie’s current deal runs until 2023 so he has relative security but if he wants to play football, another loan or a permanent move away from Rangers will be required next month.