Sunderland reportedly wanted Jake Hastie in February, now he's come back to haunt them

Sunderland manager Jack Ross during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Sunderland and Portsmouth at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Saturday 17th August 2019.

Jack Ross' Black Cats reportedly sent scouts to watch Rotherham United loanee Jake Hastie before he was snapped up by Steven Gerrard's Rangers.

Jake Hastie of Rotherham United battles with Sunderland's Conor McLaughlin  during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Sunderland and Rotherham United at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on...

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.

Jake Hastie of Rangers has a chance on goal during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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.

Jake Hastie of Rangers has a chance on goal during the UEFA Europa League First Qualifying round 2nd Leg match between Rangers and St Joseph at Ibrox Stadium on July 18, 2019 in Glasgow,...

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