Rotherham United boss Paul Warne has raved about Jake Hastie’s impact for the Millers since his arrival on loan from Rangers – and admits that the winger is a “dream” for the League One side.
Hastie has made a fantastic start to life in English football with three goals in his first five games and his new boss thinks they are “lucky” to have him at the club.
Warne likes the fact that Hastie is a “no-fuss” footballer and looks to get crosses in rather than trying “15 step-overs and then do nothing” as he hailed the youngster’s maturity.
“What I like about him is that he’s a no-fuss footballer,” Warne said, as quoted by the Rotherham Advertiser.
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.”
Hastie only joined the Gers over the summer after catching the eye at Motherwell but with a host of competition for places at Ibrox a loan move was the best option for him.
Playing regularly in England should help him continue to develop before returning to Rangers in the summer and fighting for a spot in the first-team.
The experience of being away from home from the first time and having to fend for himself will be a big learning curve for Hastie but should see him return to Scotland a more mature player for the time away.