Rangers loanee Jake Hastie has started both of Motherwell’s last two games after the winger finally forced his way back into the Fir Park starting XI – but he’ll have to watch from the sidelines this weekend when the Gers come to visit.
Graham Alexander will welcome the Light Blues to Fir Park as he faces a massive test in only his second game in charge, and the timing of it will likely leave Hastie frustrated.
The winger has had a really difficult time at Motherwell, spending most of the season so far watching on as the Steelmen slid down the table.
Some really poor performances under Stephen Robinson didn’t do him any favours, with the Northern Irishman criticising Hastie on a few occassions.
After finally getting back into the side for Keith Lasley’s sole game in caretaker charge, he retained his place for Alexander’s debut in the dugout – but SPFL rules forbid him from playing against his parent club.
With his loan deal entering its final few months, Hastie really needs a consistent run of impressive performances to prove he has a long-term future at Ibrox.
His Rangers career hangs in the balance after a difficult 18 months at the club so far and, after a hugely underwhelming time at Fir Park, he’s not done much to help his cause.
Finally getting back into the Motherwell side will help and the Steelmen’s clash with Rangers probably couldn’t have come at a worse time for Hastie as he looks to kick on.
Hastie never exactly set the world alight when he made his return for the Steelmen against local rivals Hamilton