Rangers winger Jake Hastie has struggled to force his way into Steven Gerrard’s plans since moving from Motherwell 12 months ago – and he’ll be every bit as disappointed with his display last night as he made his return for the Steelmen on loan.
Hastie returned to Fir Park on a season-long loan earlier this summer and was named in the starting XI for Stephen Robinson’s side as they headed to Dingwall to face Ross County.
If Hastie was hoping to make an immediate impact at the club he made his name though, he’ll have been let down after a poor night for the Well as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
Playing wide right with David Turnbull on the opposite side, Hastie struggled to really get going up against the Staggies’ rookie left-back.
Ross Stewart’s strike from the penalty spot was the only goal of the game as last season’s third-placed side fell to a defeat few will have expected before the game.
With Hastie being back in familiar surroundings, it’s a big season for the winger to show what he can do and remind Gers fans why Gerrard moved to bring him to Ibrox in the first place.
An aborted loan stint at Rotherham last season didn’t do Hastie many favours but being with a manager who knows his strengths and weaknesses should really benefit him.
Despite having a few years left on his deal at Ibrox, this could well be a make or break year for Hastie in terms of his Rangers future – and he’ll need to show a lot more if he is to have any sort of Rangers future.