By Doug Ward

22nd Jun, 2022 | 6:16pm

Rangers news: Jake Hastie heads to England to wrap up permanent exit

Jake Hastie is on the verge of leaving Rangers on a permanent basis to join English club Hartlepool, according to Football Scotland.

The online news outlet reported on 22 June that Hastie, 24, has already left Scotland and headed to England to put the finishing touches to his move to the English League Two.

It is understood that Hastie headed south of the border earlier on Wednesday (22 June) to end “a nightmare spell” at Ibrox with him failing to play for the Gers’ senior side since July 2019.

Good riddance

As far as flops go, Hastie is one of the biggest in recent years.

Rangers signed Hastie from Motherwell in May 2019, handing the Law-born forward a four-year deal at Ibrox.

It wasn’t a bad deal financially as he joined the Light Blues on a pre-contract deal but still, to be at a club for three years and play just two times in the senior side is ridiculously bad.

Hastie has been loaned out to Rotherham, Partick, Linfield and even his former club Motherwell took a chance on re-signing him in 2020/21.

However, he’s flopped at all four of those clubsand a permanent move to England’s fourth-tier isn’t surprising at all.

It remains to be seen if Hartlepool are paying a fee for Hastie but no one would bat an eyelid in Glasgow if the former Scotland Under-21 international was released from his contract to join the English club on a free.

We wish Hastie all the best south of the border with a club that’s only known due to Jeff Stelling supporting them.

It’ll take a lot for him to turn his career around but if he gets his head down, works hard and plays regularly, he might at least show some glimmers as to why the Light Blues signed him in the first place.

In other Rangers news, the Gers want to sign this new forward as they aim to ramp up their transfer business soon.