Rangers loan has big impact in Northern Ireland

On loan Rangers winger Jake Hastie made his first start of the season on Tuesday (February 8) as he helped Linfield take charge of the NIFL Premiership.

The 22-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Partick Thistle in Scotland but was unable to become a regular until being recalled in January.

Linfield then came calling and took Hastie on for the rest of the season and he caused a stir on his first start.

It was his nasty corner that eluded Larne defenders before being turned away by the former Motherwell striker Christy Manzinga on 73 minutesproving to be the winning goal with the game locked at 1-1 at the time.

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At 22, Hastie may have already missed his chance to break through at Ibrox, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end of his footballing career.

He now has the opportunity to be a shining star for Linfield and potentially put the Northern Ireland Premiership title on his CV as the Blues headed uphill after Glentoran’s draw with Portadown.

He may be released by the Light Blues when his contract expires, but he has every chance of earning a deal elsewhere and making a name for himself.

His future could still lie in Northern Ireland where he could become one of the star players in the league before earning a move to mainland Britain further down the line.

Who knows, he might even return to Ibrox in the future after forging his own path in football.

In other Rangers news, there is a hot new prospect in Glasgow according to sources close to the club.

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