Rangers legend Barry Ferguson believes Motherwell winger Jake Hastie might be better off staying at Fir Park instead of making a reported move to Ibrox this summer.
Hastie is reported to be a target for Steven Gerrard this summer when his contract ends, according to The Scottish Sun, but the former Rangers captain thinks regular first-team football will help him land a “big move” in the future.
Ferguson admits that he’s been impressed by the 19-year-old but isn’t sure that he’ll be a regular at Ibrox right away if he makes a move.
“For me, I think it would be better if he gets a number of games under his belt, but listen when a team like Rangers come calling, obviously he is going to be interested.”
“Is he going to go to Rangers and play? You don’t know, you can never tell. I just think it’s important for young players to get a certain amount of games under their belt, getting that experience and then someday, he will get his big move because he’s certainly got a lot of quality.”
Hastie was named the Premiership player of the month for February and has really shone recently for the Steelmen.
Whether he’d come into the side at Ibrox is up for debate but, with Ryan Kent currently set to return to Liverpool in the summer and Eros Grezda unable to stay fit, there is a decent chance that he would if he continues to impress.
Gerrard is going to need to add some quality to his side in the summer with it looking like he will end the season empty-handed.
Other potential signings might make it hard for Hastie to get a chance to play but at only 19, he could always be loaned out somewhere to get regular game-time.