Rangers loanee Hastie has 'got his head down' following heavy criticism
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Rangers loanee Hastie has 'got his head down' following heavy criticism

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson says Rangers loanee Jake Hastie has ‘now got his head down’ following criticism regarding his fitness levels [Not The Old Firm].

21-year-old Hastie moved to Ibrox from Fir Park in the summer of 2019, but he’s only made two senior appearances for the Gers.

Jake Hastie in Europa League qualifying action for Rangers against St Joseph’s. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He failed to capitalise on a promising start to a loan spell at Rotherham United last season and has barely featured since returning to Motherwell in July.

Robinson bluntly criticised Hastie last weekend, accusing him of failing to work hard enough and of lacking confidence over the opening months of the season [Not The Old Firm].

The Northern Irishman offered a more positive update on the Gers loanee on Friday afternoon, although he is ineligible for their weekend game as it’s against his parent club at Ibrox.

“We’ve waited for Jake, he’s now got his head down and is trying to get to the fitness levels he had before,” he said [Not The Old Firm].

“It’s no coincidence in football that the fitter you are, the better you play. He comes on and made an impact and we have missed that. Unfortunately, he can’t be involved so it’s been a bit stop-start for him.

“It has been for him this season but he’ll get opportunities in the coming weeks.”

Jake Hastie in Premiership action for Motherwell against St Mirren. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hastie is contracted to Rangers until 2023 but his failure to nail down a spot in the Motherwell side so far this season doesn’t bode well for his Ibrox future.

The winger has only received 214 minutes of action and is yet to contribute a goal or an assist.

These comments from Robinson suggest that the penny may have finally dropped, though, and it will be interesting to see if his playing time increases and his contributions improve as a result.

Hastie may be ineligible at Ibrox this weekend, but with Motherwell playing five times in the next two weeks, he shouldn’t have to wait long for his next chance to impress.

Meanwhile, Rangers have confirmed a strong RangersTV lineup for Saturday’s fixture against the Steelmen.