Rangers loanee Jake Hastie made a rare appearance for Motherwell yesterday as the Steelmen slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to St. Mirren – and Fir Park boss Stephen Robinson didn’t hold back when he spoke about the winger after the game.
Hastie has only mustered a little over 180 minutes of football this season and came off the bench as Robinson’s side were caught cold by the Buddies at Fir Park.
Robinson admitted that the player “hasn’t done enough” after arriving at Motherwell in poor shape in the summer – but admits that Hasties cameo yesterday gives him hope for the future.
“Jake hasn’t done enough, there’s no disguising that,” said Robinson [Not The Old Firm].
“It’s taken us a long long time to get him to where we thought we could, through lack of confidence, lack of fitness.
“He’s been pushing himself over the last two or three months, he didn’t come to us in good condition and he knows that himself, that’s not saying it was anything to do with Rangers, he left them in good condition but he didn’t push himself and he has now.
”He deserves credit as he gave us the width we haven’t had. The other wide players we brought on haven’t done it.
“He gave us a little hope. We haven’t had a lot of options because of the form of certain players but hopefully, this can spark Jake into this season.”
It seems that it is just a matter of time before Rangers decide to cut their losses with Hastie and allow him to move on permanently after two disappointing loan spells.
The fact he’s struggled to even get a look in really doesn’t bode well for his long-term prospects and it isn’t likely to be something that will have impressed the Gers management team.