By Joe Ellis

13th Jan, 2022 | 7:40pm

Partick Thistle loan for Rangers winger Hastie 'just didn't work' - manager

Rangers winger Jake Hastie has returned to Ibrox from his loan spell at Partick Thistle having failed to start a single game this season at Maryhill.

The 22-year-old was hoping to use this loan in the Scottish Championship to make a claim for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first-team but he leaves Thistle having failed to do so.

Partick manager Ian McCall has explained the situation and how a combination of things led to Hastie’s loan coming to a premature end.

“He had a couple of knocks when he was going to be playing and he was going to play in the [SPFL Trust Trophy], whatever it’s called now, and he wasn’t allowed to because he’d played for Rangers’ B Team in it,” McCall said as quoted by the Glasgow Times.

“It just didn’t work. We’ve only been beaten once in our last 14 games so it’s been hard for him to get in.

“After speaking to Jake we came to the decision that it was best for him to go back to Rangers.

“He’s not had the game time that he or I would have liked for him during his time at Firhill which is unfortunate because I do think he’s a player with a lot of quality.”

All is not lost

This is, without doubt, a major setback for the 22-year-old but by no means is that the end of the road at Ibrox.

He still has time to find another loan in the Championship, perhaps lower than the fifth place Partick Thistle currently occupy, and reignite his season there.

There would be plenty of Championship clubs happy to take Hastie on and had results not gone so well at Maryhill, he may have found himself a regular starter under McCall but that is the way football goes sometimes.

This is a big test of his resilience and if he can pick himself up off the canvas and keep on fighting, then he stands a good chance of coming back from the setback.

But time is starting to run out which means he needs a successful loan now to keep his hopes of representing Rangers’ first-team alive.

In other Rangers news, an official club partner has rubbished rumours over a January move.