Former Celtic defender Jackie McNamara reckons Rangers’ summer arrival Jake Hastie will be out to replicate the season Ryan Kent has just had at Ibrox, as reported by Football Insider.
With Kent heading back to his parent club Liverpool at the end of his season-long loan in Glasgow, Rangers have will be without one of their key attacking talents heading into the new campaign.
Manager Steven Gerrard has signed both Jordan Jones and Hastie on pre-contracts in an attempt to add some fresh talent to the flanks, but they both have a lot to live up to considering how popular Kent was with supporters.
McNamara believes Hastie has the talent to aim for those kind of performances though, telling Football Insider:
He could make the same impact as Kent, that’s what he’ll be looking for.
He has got pace, Kent’s got pace, I think he’s enjoying his time at Rangers when he was on loan, they’ve brought in Jordan Jones who’s got pace on that side, turning on his right foot similar to Kent.
Hastie’s different, he plays the other side for Motherwell, coming in on his left so maybe that’s, in certain games if they’re hoping to compete in Europe and in the league, then they’ll be hoping the players are able to push each other and build their squad.
The evidence is certainly strong that Hastie can make a big statement at Ibrox when he gets a chance in the team next season.
His burst of 2019 form at Motherwell caught most Scottish football fans by surprise but there’s no doubt he is now considered as one of the top emerging talents in the country.
Scoring 7 goals in 15 appearances, the 20-year-old has the power and pace to destroy defences in the Scottish Premiership and surrounded by better players at Rangers could be an absolute sensation in 2019/20.
He’s a different kind of performer compared to Kent but his athletic attributes are something the Gers don’t have right now. Adding that new dynamic to the first-team will be a major danger to Rangers’ opposition.