If Sunderland fans weren’t frustrated enough after yet another 1-1 draw, allow us just to darken the mood further on Wearside.
Because the man who scored Rotherham United’s second half equaliser on a chilly Tuesday night, slammed into the roof of the net with his trusty left foot, could have been playing his football in red and white instead if the Black Cats had got their way.
According to the Daily Record, scouts from Sunderland flocked to Paisley in the spring to see Hastie shoot to fame with a long-range wondergoal during Motherwell’s clash with St Mirren. They were apparently interested in signing an explosive 20-year-old who, for obvious reasons, classes Gareth Bale as his idol.
But Sunderland weren’t alone. And, just a few weeks later, Hastie had joined the Rangers revolution instead, moving to Ibrox on a free transfer before being loaned out to Rotherham in an attempt to give him access to regular first team football.
And, as Millers boss Paul Warne himself said, Hastie has certainly ‘hit the ground running’. That peach of a goal against Sunderland was his third in three games for The Millers with some Rotherham fans going as far as to proclaim him their best attacking signing in years.
Sunderland supporters, however, can only sit back and wonder what might have been.
Despite possessing proven League One strikers like Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke, Jack Ross’ side are still as dependent as ever on the enigmatic talents of Aiden McGeady and Chris Maguire.
At least Hastie, with his firecracker of a left foot and explosive turn of pace, would have given Sunderland someone else to rely on.
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