'He looks quick & strong' - McNamara: Rangers may already have the next Ryan Kent all signed up
Jackie McNamara has claimed Rangers may already have the next Ryan Kent at Ibrox after securing the signing of Jake Hastie on a pre-contract.
The Light Blues announced three weeks ago they had a deal in place for the 20-year-old winger to move permanently to Ibrox this summer.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, McNamara explained how he has been impressed by what he has seen of Hastie, who is leaving Motherwell after graduating from their academy.
“He could make the same impact as Kent, that’s what he’ll be looking for,” the Scotland and Celtic full-back said. “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 right 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.”
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“You don’t know if he’s (going to be) a squad player – a young boy at Motherwell, he’s only played a certain part of the season, he went out on loan before at Alloa.
“He looks quick and strong, his left foot, has got a good strike on him. The demands of playing week in, week out at Rangers, it’s obviously a squad that Steven Gerrard’s wanting to build and he’s kind of mixing up a little bit, we’ll see how it develops over the next few months, similar to Celtic, what happens, it’ll be interesting.”
Hastie came to prominence following an explosive return to Motherwell after spending the first half of this season on loan at Championship club Alloa Athletic.
He did not make his ‘Well league debut until January but made an instant impact and scored seven goals from 18 appearances before being sidelined once his Rangers move was announced.
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