Rotherham United: Why Millers boss Paul Warne describes on-loan Rangers man Jake Hastie as a 'menace'

Rotherham United winger Jake Hastie may be the man with the golden touch, but boss Paul Warne has described him as a “menace”.

Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 6:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th September 2019, 7:50 pm
Jake Hastie celebrates his goal against Sunderland - Picture Frank Reid

Hastie has made a brilliant start to life at the Millers following his season-long loan from Glasgow Rangers.

He bagged his third goal in as many games on Tuesday night to help his side earn an impressive 1-1 draw at Sunderland, adding to previous strikes against Doncaster and Bolton.

The 20-year-old, who only joined Rangers in the summer, has settled in perfectly, though Warne has teased there may be more to come.

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He said: “Jake’s been here three weeks and done really well.

“He hasn’t really played a lot of football since April time so he’s still getting into the swing of things really.

“I’ve spent most of the summer trying to get a couple of wingers, and thankfully we managed to get him in before the window closed.

“He’s a menace. Credit to him for the way he played again, he’s a young lad who is trying to make his mark. I thought he played really well for us.”

The Millers needed Hastie's intervention after they made a shocking start to their first visit to the Stadium of Light in 14 years.

They fell behind after just 31 seconds when Marc McNulty fired Sunderland in front and it would have been worse had goalkeeper Daniel Iversen not saved Aiden McGeady's first-half penalty.

From then on, though, the Millers showed what they are about and after Hastie levelled on the hour they might have gone on and won.

Warne said: “We came here to win, we didn’t come to sit back or anything like that.

“The way that Sunderland played in the first 20 or 25 minutes made it very difficult for us.

“They definitely caused us problems, but I thought we grew into the game. I thought we should definitely have had at least one penalty, and the turning point was definitely Danny’s (Iversen) save from their penalty.

“We were buzzing to get them in at half-time, and we were much more aggressive in the second half, winning headers and winning balls in their half. Our second-half performance was really good.”