Rangers could exercise their option to recall winger Jake Hastie from his loan spell next month, according to the manager of the club with whom he is currently playing.
The Daily Record reported quotes from Rotherham manager Paul Warne conceding that the 21-year-old could be recalled to Ibrox by the ‘Gers given his struggles for game-time with the English League One outfit.
Warne is braced for something similar to happen to fellow loanees Dan Barlaser and Carlton Morris, saying: “It wouldn’t surprise me that if Dan, Jake or Carlton don’t play enough games in December their parent clubs would want to move them. I understand that.” [via Daily Record]
Hastie moved to Rotherham on loan from Rangers at the start of September and made a flying start to life in Yorkshire, scoring in each of his first three appearances and starting eight league games in a row for the Millers (as per TransferMarkt).
However, his inclusion in the starting line-up against Southend last Saturday was just his second start in their last eight league matches, while he hasn’t scored since that initial three-goal burst in September and failed to make it off the bench in four games in late autumn (via TransferMarkt).
Hastie usually plays on the left wing, the position in which Ryan Kent has been playing regularly at Rangers this season and showing impressive form of late with three goals and two assists since the November international break.
The ‘Gers could also have Jordan Jones back in first team contention soon, having played in a friendly for the under-20 team against Brentford B last week (as per The National) following his absence with a knee injury since the start of September.
Sheyi Ojo has also been moved to the left at times this season, scoring from that position in the Europa League win over Feyenoord three months ago. [via TransferMarkt]
Even if Rangers recall Hastie as Warne has predicted, the 21-year-old would likely find it very tough to displace Kent and would also have the likes of Jones and Ojo as competition for the left winger role.
Having been unable to maintain a regular starting berth at Rotherham, it seems most likely that the ‘Gers would try to find another loan move for him if he returns to Ibrox next month.
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