Rotherham manager Paul Warne has suggested that Rangers may opt to recall Jake Hastie from his loan spell in January if he continues to struggle for playing time [Daily Record].
The 20-year-old winger had initially been an integral part of the playing XI at the League One club but has had to settle for more of a bit-part role in recent times, only starting two of the last nine games.
If he does come back early, should Bears be excited?
Most Rangers fans haven’t seen a whole lot of Jake Hastie. Certainly not in Light Blue, anyway.
He made just the two appearances at the start of the season, before being shipped off south of the border.
That move inferred that he wasn’t quite ready for the challenges of playing week in week out for the Gers. Talented but still raw, it was clearly decided would be better off working on his game elsewhere for the time being.
His first month with the Millers saw him win praise from his new manager [Rotherham Advertiser] and the fans, as he scored in three consecutive games. However, he hasn’t netted since then (17th Sept) and has registered just a solitary assist in all competitions.
It’s not the kind of form that suggests he’s likely to come back to Scotland and tear the league up.
However, while Joe Aribo is currently impressing and trying to make the position his own, the right side has been problematic for Rangers. Cutting in from that flank onto his favoured left-foot is how Hastie found success at Motherwell last season.
Admittedly, with Jordan Jones coming back from injury, another wide option has just become available.
Yet, with there being talk of Jamie Murphy being moved on next month [Daily Record], a space looks set to open up in the squad and Hastie could offer something of a wildcard option for Gerrard over the second half of the season.
He wouldn’t play that regularly and as something of a rough diamond, he won’t produce every time he does. What he does possess, though, is bags of pace, a powerful shot and the ability to get fans off their seats.
The manager has been lacking players with those traits on the bench, particularly in recent weeks, and perhaps it’s a void Hastie could help to fill.