Jake Hastie’s exit to Partick Thistle (on loan, of course) is yet another stay of the Ibrox execution for the former Motherwell man.
Contracted till 2023, Hastie has been about as poor a signing as Steven Gerrard has made as Rangers manager, and we’re not going to bore you once again with our broken record of an opinion on the winger.
Suffice to say, he’s dramatically below the level needed even to be in Rangers’ B team, and that’s definitely not an exaggeration.
While the official blurb suggests Rangers will monitor his progress closely during his time at Firhill, Hastie needs a permanent gig at a level suited to his abilities.
With Rangers being in for him in 2019, he was perceivably elevated to a level higher than he was capable of attaining, and the 22 year old has deeply struggled to even come close to matching a quarter of those levels.
He visibly wilted in our shirt, and wasn’t much cop at Rotherham or back at Motherwell on loan either.
He’s one who probably reached his peak already at Motherwell (not that he was that great there) and has not managed to develop beyond that.
Has a modest level of talent, but is just not up to the level needed at Ibrox, and was a mistake of a signing.
We hope he has joy at Firhill and finds a spot of form, because the Championship is an honest and decent level for him. Maybe it’s even a touch higher than he’s capable of but can only help raise his game too.
Good luck to him.