Jake Hastie was linked with both Celtic and Rangers at the tail-end of last month as a potential summer target.
The Scottish Sun reported that the youngster was interesting the Hoops and their rivals, among other clubs. Hastie has apparently been offered a new three-year contract at Motherwell.
He’s shot to life since the winter break after managing to force his way into the Steelmen side. Showing sensational energy and drive down the right, Hastie has managed six goals in nine Motherwell appearances.
As you can imagine, this has sparked massive hype on him. It didn’t take long for apparent interest from Celtic and Rangers to be reported either.
But if Celtic take a step back, this is one move they don’t need to bother looking at.
Hastie has the tools to be a star, but he’s still a long way from being one. His recent purple patch with Motherwell has been impressive, and at just 19-years of age, he has terrific potential. But Celtic simply don’t need him at this moment in time.
The Hoops have already signed Maryan Shved, and he’ll come back in the summer from his loan spell in Ukraine. Celtic also have James Forrest tied down on a long-term contract, and who knows what could happen with Oliver Burke in the summer.
Won’t be good enough for a long time
Hastie can play on either side, but he isn’t anywhere near good enough to be playing for Celtic regularly. It was only earlier this season that he was in and out of the Alloa Athletic team. Hastie did manage 23 outings for the Championship outfit, but he only managed one Championship goal.
It’s important Celtic don’t get too carried away and bring him in because of a slight run of form. It would be right to let him progress at Motherwell before taking a further look down the line.
Of course, Hastie may not accept the reported three-year deal given to him, but it would hardly be a huge loss.
There is an idea that by Celtic bringing him in for nothing, it gives them the security of keeping him and seeing how he develops, whilst being in no danger of him tearing it up at Ibrox.
But Hastie’s development would only regress playing reserve-team football again. It’s essential he continues to play at senior level and develop more. If Rangers plunge for him then fine, it’s no big loss.
But sneaking in to get him to Parkhead in the summer? It’s a no thanks from me.