MOTHERWELL manager Stephen Robinson is resigned to losing winger Jake Hastie, and he says that may affect his place in the side for the remainder of the campaign.

The Fir Park club have made the 20-year-old their best offer to extend his stay in Lanarkshire, but now expect him to leave the club, most likely to sign for Rangers.

They will receive training compensation as Hastie has been at the club since he was nine years old, but Robinson appears to have lost patience waiting for the player to make a call on his future.

That means he may look to blood some more young players with a view to next season in the five games remaining this term, rather than give more game-time to a player who is set on leaving.

“I don’t think Jake Hastie will sign for us,” Robinson said. “I am not 100 percent where he will go, but I have an idea, and it won’t be signing for Motherwell.

“We have made him the best offer the club can offer and he’s not signed it, so I would say that’s a good indication.

“Will it affect my team selections for the rest of the season? Quite possibly.

“It’s a fine balancing act for a manager. You want to give lads games to prepare for next season but if you don’t get results then the manager gets the blame.

“You look at David Turnbull last year. We brought him and in it was proved right so this might be an opportunity for some of them.”

Robinson has already secured some new additions for next season already, with Declan Gallagher and Liam Polworth signing pre-contract agreements, with a third signing to be unveiled next week.

Motherwell have also offered contract extensions to Chris Cadden, Alex Rodriguez-Gorrin and Elliott Frear, while they hope to tie up deals for Tom Aldred and Gboly Ariyibi once their loan deals come to an end at the end of the campaign.

The Fir Park boss has warned all of those players though that he won’t wait too long for them to make up their minds.

“We are making headway,” he said. “We have got six players with contract offers but at this moment none of them have signed.

“Those contracts won’t be there forever. I’ve got to do the best by this football club and there will be other options that become available.

“Their agents will probably tell them there’s 50 teams in for them in the Premier League and Champions League, that’s the way football works.

“I haven’t set deadlines but if something comes up that I feel can replace them then that’s the risk they take.”

Motherwell may have little more to play for than local pride when they travel to Hamilton this afternoon, but there is no way the likes of David Turnbull – a lifelong Motherwell fan – will be taking the Lanarkshire derby lightly.

The midfielder is in contention to land the SPFL Young Player of the Year award, an honour only club icons Phil O’Donnell and James McFadden have achieved in the claret and amber.

“Both Faddy and Phil were really good players, so to be mentioned alongside both of them is good to hear,” Turnbull said.

“I was a bit young to see Faddy coming through at Motherwell, but I remember seeing him playing in the English Premier League and what a player he was. If I go on to have half the career he had then it would be brilliant.”