Rangers need to build a squad of young talent for the future, but promoting youth from within should be how the club do this. Frankly, Glenn Middleton’s career will stall if Jake Hastie comes to Ibrox next season.
Middleton has been bright this season and has looked comfortable when he’s been called upon, even in the Europa League. His two goals and three assists from 14 goals appearances demonstrate the potential he has if he gets more game time next term.
However, the 19-year-old could see his development stunted by the purchase of Motherwell winger Jake Hastie. The 21-year-old has made 41 appearances for his side this season, including 19 in the league, scoring 11 goals, according to Transfermarkt. As a result, Football Insider reckon Rangers are after him.
He’s out of contract at the end of the season, so he’d be brought in for free, but that doesn’t mean the signing is risk-free. If he’s brought in it would mean Middleton has another more senior player ahead of him in the pecking order and he might see that as his cue to move on.
Rangers aren’t exactly blessed with huge money, so when there is an opportunity comes for a young player to break through and make the first-team regularly, Steven Gerrard should make the most of it. It sends a poor message to the rest of the youth team if he doesn’t, and that could be costly in the long term.
Gerrard must think carefully about signing Hastie, because even though he’s clearly an exciting talent, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. He should stick with Middleton and let him continue what he’s started this season.
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