Rangers youngster Jake Hastie on top form at Rotherham

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Loan Watch series, which takes a closer look at those players who are aiming to galvanise their careers away from the spotlight of their parent club.

Rangers have a mini injury crisis on the wings with Ryan Kent joining Jordan Jones on the treatment table.

And that shortage of personnel has been heightened by Jake Hastie hitting the ground running after a loan move to Rotherham United.

A left winger, Hastie has scored three goals in three games already, including the equaliser against Sunderland at the weekend.

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Warne has been delighted with his summer acquisition, calling him a “menace” after his performance against the Black Cats.

Hastie arrived at Rangers from Motherwell on a free transfer this summer after he shot to prominence in the second half of last season.

He scored six goals in just 12 league appearances in Scotland’s top flight last term. His form earned him a nomination for Young Player of the Year though he was, ironically, pipped to the award by Rangers’ Kent.

Hastie had been restricted to just one appearance this season for the Scottish giants, though, so a loan move was always going to be an option to continue his development.

Hastie only has 84 senior appearances in his career and at the age of 21, he needs a large volume of games to iron out the inconsistencies in his play.

Of course, it looks like a poor decision to send him out due to the club’s injuries, but he needs regular football and staying at Rotherham makes all the sense in the world.

He has outscored Jones and Scott Arfield so far this season; if he keeps this up, he could be given his opportunity next term.

Article title: Rangers youngster Jake Hastie on top form at Rotherham

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