By Wayne Veysey
Rangers beat Leeds United to the signing of Jake Hastie this summer after blowing him away with their sales pitch, Football Insider has learned.
The Scottish giants tussled with the Championship big hitters for signature of the 21-year-old winger after his stunning progress for Motherwell in the second half of last season.
Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Leeds wanted to sign Hastie as part of a Rugby Park double swoop including 16-year-old Stuart McKinstry.
United succeeded in agreeing terms with winger McKinstry in the Spring in a £400,000 deal that was not announced until yesterday.
However, the Yorkshire giants were beaten to the signing of Hastie at the end of April after he agreed a four-year contract with Rangers, who paid a six-figure compensation sum to Motherwell.
The sources explained how the Scotland Under-21 international was enticed to Ibrox by the prospect of developing his game under Steven Gerrard and playing in front of full houses at one of the two Glasgow giants.
He was also bowled over by a “inspiring” sales pitch from Gerrard and his coaching staff, who explained how the youngster’s potential could best be maximised by learning his trade at their Auchenhowie headquarters.
Hastie had been touted to go out on loan but Rangers resisted that possibility and he has stayed to fight for a first-team spot.
The rising star has made two senior appearances to date, in a Europa League qualifier last month, followed by a run-out as a substitute against East Fife in the Scottish League Cup.
In other Rangers news, a medical has been completed as club agree to pay six-figure fee for Ibrox player.