Rangers loanee scores penalty in dramatic cup triumph following difficult period
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Rangers loanee scores penalty in dramatic cup triumph following difficult period

Rangers loanee Jake Hastie held his nerve in a penalty shootout to help Motherwell to a dramatic Scottish Cup victory over Greenock Morton on Friday.

Hastie has had a difficult season back at the club where he began his professional career.

Jake Hastie has spent much of the season on the bench for Motherwell. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

He’s struggled for regular game time, at first under Stephen Robinson and now under Graham Alexander, receiving just 450 minutes across 14 appearances so far, while he’s still yet to find the net in normal time.

The 22-year-old was given a chance to make an impact off the bench in a Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Morton on Friday night, though, replacing Barry Maguire in the 81st minute with the score at 0-0.

The breakthrough for the hosts wouldn’t come until deep into extra-time, with Stephen O’Donnell firing in what looked to be the winner from long range in the 121st minute.

Remarkably, the Ton still managed to take the tie to penalties, with Markus Fjortoft scoring a dramatic equaliser in the third minute of injury time.

Well would ultimately come out on top 5-3 in the subsequent shootout, though, with Hastie holding his nerve from 12 yards to slot his side’s fourth penalty beyond former Gers Academy keeper Aidan McAdams, just after Sean McGinty’s miss for the visitors.

It was an important contribution from Hastie, who will surely be desperate to receive more playing time in the final weeks of the season.

The Rangers loanee has had a difficult season but made an important Scottish Cup contribution with a successful penalty. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Yet, regardless of what happens between now and the end of the campaign, it seems unlikely that the pacy winger will force his way back into Steven Gerrard’s plans.

The Gers boss has Ryan Kent and Scott Wright to call on in wide areas, while fellow wingers Jordan Jones, Brandon Barker and Josh McPake have all produced more than Hastie during their loan stints elsewhere.

In other news, a reported £5m Rangers target netted his seventh goal in his last seven outings on Friday night.