Only a week ago Rangers’ were said to be “close” to signing Motherwell winger Jake Hastie, at least according to The Scottish Sun. We were told a four year deal was imminent.

That report insinuated that Rangers were set to pip rivals Celtic to the signature. More than that, Rangers had beaten a host of Championship clubs to the player’s signature.

The Daily Express then linked Premier League outfit Crystal Palace and Championship outfits Hull and Derby County. But with no movement recently, is any deal “close” to being done after all?

DUMBARTON, SCOTLAND – JULY 09: Jake Hastie of Motherwell at The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Dumbarton, Scotland. (Photo by Christian Cooksey/Getty Images)

Hastie clearly has an abundance of options as his contract runs down at Motherwell. Steve Robinson hasn’t given up hope of keeping the player, but he recognises how difficult it might be to convince Hastie his future lies at Firpark.

Motherwell manager believes Hastie will stay

As quoted in The Scottish Sun, Robinson said: “He’s playing regular first-team football, and I’d sit in front of any parent and tell them if their boy goes to England they will be playing Under-23 football, and will maybe lose their way.

 

“I’m a big advocate of playing early and playing young, and I’m confident Jake will re-sign.”

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Steve Robinson remains confident of keeping Hastie at Fir Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whilst Rangers appear to be the frontrunners for the 19-year-old’s signature, nothing is finalised yet. Hastie could yet be tempted by the lure of the English Premier League and Rangers could yet miss out on the Scottish Premiership Player of the Month.

Hastie himself also told The Evening Times that he has “had no talks at all”.

Nothing is certain until the deal is over the line – but things certainly appear to have stalled on the move for the player.