Rangers loanee Jake Hastie has been described as a dream to have by Rotherham United boss Paul Warne, in comments reported by Herald Scotland.
Hastie only joined the Gers in the summer. But after only a couple of appearances for Steven Gerrard’s men, he was loaned out to the League One side.
The 20-year-old made a remarkable start to life with the Millers, scoring in each of his first three appearances. And Warne suggested that Rotherham have been delighted with the impact that the youngster has made.
“What I like about him is that he’s a no-fuss footballer,” he said, as reported by Herald Scotland. “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.
“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.”
What Gerrard will be particularly pleased about is that Hastie is playing regularly. He showed during the second-half of last season that he has a piece of brilliance up his sleeve.
The wide-man now arguably needs to show that he can make a game-changing impact on a regular basis. It is not going to be easy for the youngster to force his way into Gerrard’s plans at Ibrox, particularly with the side continuing to make significant progress.
Rangers have a lot of depth in wide areas. And with Gerrard probably not following League One too closely, Hastie may need to work even harder to stand out.
But Warne is clearly backing the starlet to take his game to the next level in the coming months.