Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that a lack of game-time at Rotherham was why Jake Hastie’s loan deal was cut short – but praised the job the Millers have done with the former Motherwell youngster.
Hastie started really well but fell out of the picture a bit as his performances dipped and Gerrard moved to bring him back to Ibrox for the remainder of the season.
The Gers boss was happy with how things were going for Hastie but admitted that once his game-time “slowed” it was better to “get him moving as a Rangers player again.”
“He wasn’t getting the game-time down at Rotherham that Jake would’ve liked or that we would’ve liked,” Gerrard told Rangers TV.
“I thought he started ever so well on loan, scoring goals, starting from the beginning and getting out of it what we all wanted the player to get out of it but, his game-time slowed down so we’ve had a professional conversation with Rotherham – who have done a good job with him – and thought it was in all of our best interests to bring him back and get him moving as a Rangers player again.”
Hastie made a handful of appearances in the early Europa League qualifiers and League Cup before heading to Rotherham so there’s no possibility of him going out on loan again this season.
Whether he gets a chance to show what he can do in the first-team remains to be seen but he’ll have a fight on his hands with the likes of Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo ahead of him in the pecking order.
His time at Rotherham saw him make 16 appearances, scoring three times and contributing a single assist with his last appearance coming as a substitute in the New Year’s Day clash with Blackpool.