Report: Celtic in competition for Motherwell's Jake Hastie

By David Walton

February 26, 2019

Celtic are reportedly keeping tabs on young Motherwell starlet Jake Hastie.

The Scottish Sun is reporting that the winger is being tracked by several clubs. The likes of Rangers, Middlesbrough, and Hull City are all apparently interested in his situation.

Hastie is currently on a red-hot streak of form at Fir Park. The right-winger has scored four goals in his last five matches and has caught the eye.

Yet, Hastie only has 10 Motherwell appearances to his name throughout his career. At just 19-years of age, he was on loan at Alloa during the first half of this season. There, he made 23 appearances and bagged just three goals.

The youngster is out of contract at the end of the season. Yet, despite that, Motherwell have offered him a three-year deal.

Stephen Robinson will be looking to keep Jake Hastie beyond the end of the season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In the past, Hastie has confirmed he would like to stay at Fir Park. It seems inevitable therefore that he signs the contract to stay with Stephen Robinson’s side.

Hastie featured for Motherwell in their 4-1 loss at Parkhead on Sunday. Despite being one of their liveliest players since the winter break, however, he failed to make an impact against the Hoops.

Not the time to be going for him

Personally, this isn’t the time to be going for a player such as Hastie. He’s young and has plenty of development in him before Celtic should be making a decision on him.

He’s progressed well at Fir Park so far, and only just broke into their first-team. His inability to make any sort of impact at Parkhead shows he still has some levels to go before Celtic should consider him, however.

Fir Park is surely the best place for Hastie at the moment (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If he does arrive, you have to imagine this is a player that would be sent down to work with the likes of Damien Duff and Stephen McManus in the youth squads.

It would, therefore, make more sense for the youngster to continue plying his trade at Motherwell. He’s going to continue playing Premiership football every week, and that is better for his development at the moment.

If he improves in the future, then Celtic can have a look at it. If he leaves before then, however, then it’s hardly a disaster for the Hoops.

Time, as always, will tell if there’s anything in this.