Rotherham manager lauds Rangers loanee Jake Hastie
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Rotherham manager lauds Rangers loanee Jake Hastie

During an interview on themillers.co.uk, Rotherham United manager Paul Warne praised Rangers loanee Jake Hastie.

The 20-year-old winger was handed a debut on Saturday afternoon, for a derby fixture away at Doncaster Rovers.

He didn’t take long to make his mark either, netting from a set-piece after 37 minutes.

It seems that he was lively throughout, impressing both the fans and his new manager.

Rotherham manager lauds Rangers loanee

“He was good, wasn’t he?” Warne said when asked about his new signing on themillers.co.uk. “He’s a really nice kid.”

“He’s positive. He started the game quite shy, I thought, and then he grew into it and then he blew up bless him.”

“But, all his set-pieces were good and on another day we take one of those and we’re 2-0 up.”

Warne went on to explain the ‘blew up’ comment, asserting that Hastie was struck down by cramp and that was the reason behind his 76th-minute substitution.

Hastie only played 69 minutes worth of football for the Gers first team before heading on loan. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

At that point, the scores were level at 1-1, but a late penalty from Ben Whiteman saw the hosts snatch all three points.

A disappointing result then, but a positive start from an individual point of view. While the cramp suggests he’s still a little way away from full match fitness, he’s got himself off the mark and looks to have the supporters and manager well on side.

Next Saturday, comes a trip to winless Bolton Wanderers, who are rock bottom of the third tier after their financial issues. The Gers loanee will see that as a good opportunity to impress further and to help his new side to a win at the second time of asking.