Alan Hutton admits that he “feels bad” for Rangers winger Jake Hastie as he heads back to Motherwell for the 2020/21 season.
The former Gers defender and boyhood fan of the club, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes a return to his old side could do the forward the world of good after getting “lost” at Ibrox.
Motherwell confirmed on Friday that they had agreed terms with Rangers to take the 22-year-old back to Fir Park on a season-long deal.
Jake Hastie is back at Motherwell.
— Motherwell FC (@MotherwellFC) July 3, 2020
The winger, who came through the youth ranks at Motherwell, joined the Glasgow giants on a free transfer last summer but struggled to make an impact on the senior side.
Having seen the left-footer head to Rotherham on loan in January prior to the move back to his old club, Hutton admits he feels for the up-and-coming attacker.
“It’s one of those where I feel bad for him in a way because I thought he was outstanding when Rangers signed him, he totally broke onto the scene,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“I totally understand why Rangers brought him in but he kind of got lost a little bit, he kind of came into the Rangers squad and stuff and it’s really difficult going from a smaller team going into the big two.
“You have to perform every single time to get an opportunity and it didn’t quite work out for him. It’s going to be a good move for him, back to familiar surroundings where he knows he’s going to play, just work hard and really show Rangers what he’s capable of.
“We all know he’s a good player but it’s about being consistent.”
Hastie has played just twice for the senior side at Rangers, with his only start coming in the Europa League qualifier against St Joseph’s.
He scored seven goals in 18 appearances at Motherwell, while he netted three in 16 on loan at Rotherham.
In other Rangers news, Hutton claims that the Light Blues’ fixtures have been rigged.