Rotherham United manager Paul Warne has admitted that The Millers are fortunate to be able to call upon Rangers loanee Jake Hastie, telling the Rotherham Advertiser that the explosive winger has been a ‘dream’ at the New York Stadium.
The Gers fought off competition from a whole host of clubs south of the border to secure the signature of one of Scotland’s brightest young talents in the spring, signing Hastie on a pre-contract agreement with his deal at Motherwell due to expire at the end of the 2018/19 season.
With the likes of Jordan Jones, Jamie Murphy, Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent already competing for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI, it was decided that Hastie would be better off joining Rotherham on loan to give him access to regular first-team football.
And with the 20-year-old scoring in each of his first three League One games for The Millers, that decision has been justified already.
“What I like about him is that he’s a no-fuss footballer. He doesn’t do 15 step-overs and then do nothing with the ball. All he wants to do is get down the outside of full-backs and put crosses in. He’s a dream for us. He’s a great kid and we’re lucky to have him,” Warne said.
“The way of the world now, young players watch YouTube videos and they’re all obsessed with doing round-the-worlds and nutmegs. That isn’t really proper league football. Jake plays with greater maturity than his age.
“He’s a great kid and we’re lucky to have him.”
Hastie’s ability to produce something truly spectacular out of very little has already made him a fans’ favourite in South Yorkshire and, if he continues like this, he will return to Ibrox next summer chomping at the bit and ready to force his way into Gerrard’s starting XI.
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