Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson’s comments after yesterday’s clash with St. Johnstone saw ‘Well fans abuse Jake Hastie are absolutely laughable – and betray a worrying attitude towards players.

The Rangers-bound star was targeted by fans as he came off the bench in the defeat in Perth and Robinson, instead of criticising the fans responsible, appeared to wash his hands of it.

26th January 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Motherwell; Nathan Ralph of Dundee races past Jake Hastie of Motherwell

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Robinson thinks that since fans will give him abuse as a Rangers player that it’s something that he has to deal with, but as a Motherwell player you’d think the manager would want fans to get behind his players.

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“Jake is going to a club where he’s going to have to deal with that throughout football unfortunately,” Robinson told the Scottish Sun.

27th April 2019, Fir Park, Motherwell, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Motherwell versus Dundee; Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson applauds the fans at the end of the match

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“He’s a super boy and I think the world of him and it’s unfortunate, but it’s something he’s going to have to deal with.


“I want to win the match so if I think Jake is going to win the match for me then I’ll put him on.”


Nobody is expecting that some fans will be unhappy at Hastie’s decision to move but given he’s a very inexperienced player – and still a Motherwell player – Robinson’s comments are bizarre.

DUMBARTON, SCOTLAND - JULY 09: Jake Hastie of Motherwell at The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Dumbarton, Scotland.

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Given that Robinson has effectively frozen Hastie out of the side in recent weeks after news broke of his impending Ibrox moves, his comments just seem as though he’s throwing his own player under the bus.

Perhaps that’s why players like Hastie are prepared to move to Ibrox rather than stick around at a club where the manager seemingly has no issue with fans singling out his players.

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