Rangers have utilised the loan system quite liberally in recent years. 

Bringing in the likes of Ryan Kent and Jermain Defoe last season, as well as Sheyi Ojo this time around, has seen them achieve decent success.

On the outgoings front, they have sent out the likes of Glenn Middleton and Jake Hastie to mixed success, with the former being recalled early from Hibernian due to a lack of game time, as per the BBC.

Similarly, Hastie has been fallen out of favour at Rotherham United, despite hitting three goals in 13 League One appearances for the English side.

 

In fact, he has been struggling so much that manager Paul Ware has admitted he could be set for an early return to Ibrox if he can’t break into the side before January, as per Daily Record.

But if he is brought back to Glasgow, Jackie McNamara belives that he could still be in line for an unlikely run in the first team.

Asked about the possibility of Hastie playing for the Gers if he comes back early in an interview with Football Insider, the pundit said: “Potentially.

“He’s never really had an opportunity before as they signed him from Motherwell and sent him straight out on loan to get experience.

“So I think he is still young so he could play.”

Undoubtedly, there’s potential there.

Back in September he hit three goals in his first three games in League One, and it looked for all the world as if he was on course for a superb season south of the border.

But his form has been leaner since then, and that is why he has started just two games in the league since the beginning of October.

Taking that into account, it’s difficult to see how he would be afforded too much time in the Gers’ first team should he make a comeback.

Instead, another loan spell feels more likely, and if the Bears are willing to be patient, they could still have a real talent on their hands.

In other news, Steven Thompson issues score prediction for Rangers visit to Celtic.

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