24 March 2019 02:00
Get the biggest Weekday Derby County FC stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Derby County have been linked with a move for Motherwell's teenage winger Jake Hastie. According to Sky Sports, the Rams, fellow Championship club Hull City and Celtic are all keen on signing the 19-year-old. However, the report adds that Glasgow Rangers are now favourites to secure his services. Hastie is in the final year of his current deal at Fir Park, and could sign a pre-contract agreement with a new club. Apparently, the player has been in negotiations with Motherwell over a new contract - but nothing has been agreed yet.
Motherwell would be entitled to a development fee should Hastie leave in the summer. Hastie made his debut for Motherwell in their Scottish League Cup group game against Arbroath in July last year, and netted his first goal for the club two games later in a 3-0 win over Elgin City, where he scored a brace. The wide man has 23 appearances for Motherwell to his name, and also has one cap for Scotland's Under-17 side. He has just been named Ladbrokes Premiership player of the month for February. The winger has netted five times since returning to Motherwell from a loan spell at Alloa in January.
Hastie vowed to focus on Saturday's Lanarkshire derby with Hamilton when he was quizzed on his future, but he admitted his meteoric rise had hit home when he surveyed the scene of Motherwell's recent defeat at Parkhead. "It's all speculation," Hastie said. "My main focus is the game. "I just focus on my football. I'm enjoying my football at the moment and that's the main thing. That's all I'm going to focus on." When asked how he deals with the speculation, Hastie said: "The gaffer and all the backroom staff are all brilliant with me. "It's been a crazy few months, especially coming back from Alloa. I thought I'd have to bide my time a wee bit. But I have come into the team, the gaffer has given me a chance and I just need to keep repaying him every time I step on the park. "I'm absolutely loving life at the moment. "When we went to Celtic Park, that was the one that stood out. I stood back a wee bit, especially playing in front of a big crowd like that. It made me realise I am actually playing at a big level here." But he added: "I'm only just starting off. I am only young still and I just need to keep working hard." Sorry, we're having problems with our video player at the moment, but are working to fix it as soon as we can Waiting for Video... The mixed kit has hit the online shelves for a staggering €250. Baffling fans even further is how the club's colours are stitched onto a Manchester United shirt. It advertises the jersey under the title of: "Old Firm United." But in a different edition, shirts can be found with just the colours of the Gers and Bhoys. They didn't seem to mind that the two clubs hold a rivalry among the most hostile in world football. Despite an impressive trial at Rangers, USA defender Andrew Gutman decided to sign for Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic in the January transfer window. Andrew Gutman believes he made the right decision choosing Celtic over Old Firm neighbours Rangers during the January transfer window, speaking to American Soccer Now. The 22-year-old defender found himself at the centre of a tug of war between the two Glasgow giants after making his name across the Atlantic in 2018. Gutman enjoyed a fine season at the Indiana Hoosiers, winning the Hermann Trophy given to the best college player in America. And the USA youngster eventually signed a contract with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic despite looking set to join Rangers instead, after enjoying an impressive trial with Steven Gerrard's side. But Gutman clearly believes that Celtic is the right environment for him as he looks to prove himself in Scotland. "I went on trial also with Rangers and both clubs were interested in me," Gutman said. "Celtic is just a fantastic club and it has such a history in the biggest stages - the Champions League. "I just decided in terms of my development and where I want to be with my goals that Celtic was the best path for me. So it was kind of a no-brainer." Gutman is now playing for Charlotte Independence, having joined the second tier side on loan recently. He will play under Jim McGuinness, an Irish coach who spent five years behind the scenes at Celtic between 2012 and 2017. It remains to be seen, however, whether Rangers' loss is Celtic's gain.