Hearts have joined the race to sign Rangers winger Jake Hastie on loan [Glasgow Times] as the court case surrounding their relegation continues.
The Edinburgh club’s reported interest in the player comes after 21-year-old Hastie was controversially linked with a return to Motherwell, whom he left to join the ranks at Ibrox.
Those reports also claimed that there was interest from at least one unnamed English club [Scottish Sun] and this news suggests Hastie will have a variety of options this summer.
Hearts ongoing legal tussle against the SPFL alongside Partick Thistle has generated an air of uncertainty over the upcoming season and what division Hearts will actually be playing in.
As it stands, Hearts will be playing in the Scottish Championship next season. Despite this, the Jambos have already signed ex-Tynecastle stopper Craig Gordon.
Whether or not this is a level Rangers would want Hastie playing at remains to be seen – the youngster should be aiming to breakthrough into the first team squad at Ibrox upon his return.
The Motherwell option would provide Scottish Premiership football and a crack at Europe, whilst a return down south could potentially see Hastie come up against a higher calibre of player.
Whatever the case, it is looking increasingly likely the youngster will be farmed out on loan again this season after spending part of the last campaign at League One Rotherham.
Hastie burst onto the scene with a goal in each of his first three games but his form eventually faded and he was recalled to Ibrox before the footballing shutdown.