Stuart Hogg toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2013 but did not feature in a Test match
Gavin Hastings went on two Lions tours, the second as captain, as well as winning 61 caps for Scotland and a 1990 Six Nations Grand Slam.
And the legendary full-back believes that Hogg, who already has three tries in his opening two 2017 Six Nations appearances, is well on his way to beating Rob Kearney, Leigh Halfpenny and Mike Brown to the starting spot.
“He just needs to keep playing the same way, if he keeps playing the way he is and showing the confidence he has got then he would be favourite for the No 15 jersey,” said Hastings.
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“His defence probably needs to get a tiny bit tighter, it’s still good though but just in terms of his tackling he’s immense but every player will have stuff to work on and he will be no different to anyone else.
“So far he has been terrific and it’s great to see him showing the promise and build up that many people have given him before the Six Nations.
“But certainly on the form of the first two games he is looking very sharp and I believe without a doubt he will be on the plane to New Zealand so that’s good from a Scottish point of view but equally from a Lions point of view as well."
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Stuart Hogg already has three Six Nations tries this year
Hogg toured with the Lions in 2013, appearing at fly-half and full-back, but did not feature in any of the Test matches as they secured a 2-1 series victory over Australia.
And Hastings knows despite the success, the Lions will be underdogs against the world champions in the summer.
“This is not about picking 36 or 40 players," Hastings added.
"It’s about going down and being good enough to win a test series for the first time in 40-odd years.
“We must get away from the mentality of, ‘I’ve been picked for the Lions Tour, I’m going to go down and win with the Lions’ and for me that is the message that needs to be repeated, that it’s one thing being selected but that is when the hard work starts.
“If people go there with the right attitude and rally make a commitment to going out and trying to win a Test series then they are going to have more chance of doing so.”
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