Airdrie assistant manager Marc Fitzpatrick has admitted that he doesn’t think that anyone at the Diamonds would have “expected” Jake Hastie to go on and join Rangers after the winger spent time on loan with the League One side.

Hastie is expected to be confirmed as the Gers’ second summer signing later this week and Fitzpatrick worked with the winger during his time at the Excelsior Stadium.

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

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The Airdrie number two thinks his move should inspire other young players and show them how far hard work can take them in the game.

“For a young guy, he didn’t look like a young player coming down to play in the first-team, he was physically well about himself even then,” Fitzpatrick told the Evening Times.

DUMBARTON, SCOTLAND - JULY 09: Jake Hastie of Motherwell at The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Dumbarton, Scotland.

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“He has improved on that as well, he looks quite broad and quite strong, so he’s obviously been working hard on that.

“If you were to say at the time that a year later he would be on the verge of a move to Rangers though, I don’t think anyone would have expected that.

 

“You could see flashes of it, but it shows you how well you can do when you work hard, keep your head down and get that wee bit of luck as well.”

Hastie spent 2017-18 season on loan at Airdrie before joining Alloa for the first part of this campaign.

Belfast , Ireland - 24 March 2019; Jordan Jones of Northern Ireland during the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group C match between Northern Ireland and Belarus at the National Football Stadium in Windsor Park, Belfast.

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Since returning to Fir Park in January though, he’s been in scintillating form with seven goals in 14 games.

If Hastie does agree a move to Ibrox, as is expected, he’ll join Northern Ireland international Jordan Jones in making the switch over the summer.

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