Jake Hastie on his way to Rotherham United, says Paul Warne

By Paul Davis | 31/08/2019

Jake Hastie on his way to Rotherham United, says Paul Warne
Jake Hastie

GLASGOW Rangers winger Jake Hastie is heading south of the border to complete a deadline-day move to Rotherham United.

Millers manager Paul Warne confirmed in the wake of today's 1-1 home draw with Tranmere Rovers that the 20-year-old is due in Rotherham tomorrow to seal a season-long loan.

"His arrival is probably the worst-kept secret in football," said Warne. "I understand that (Rangers boss) Steven Gerrard has mentioned he could be coming here.

"It would be remiss of me to say anything different, although I do like our club to announce things before anyone else.

"I want the player. I believe I've got a good chance of getting him. Hopefully, he's coming down tomorrow night to join us on Monday."

The transfer window closes at 5pm on that day.

Hastie is highly rated in Scotland and joined Rangers from Motherwell in the summer but has yet to start a game for the Glasgow giants. He turned down Leeds United in favour of move to Gerrard's side.

Warne is confident of landing Hastie, who would become the Millers' 12th summer signing, but is sounding a note of caution until the youngster has signed on the dotted line.

"My experience in football has taught me to never count my chickens," the boss said. "I'm hopeful. If it doesn't happen, I have couple of other options who I think would help us."

Meanwhile, Warne branded Rotherham's performance "poor" after Tranmere equalised in stoppage time in the League One clash at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Ben Wiles' first ever goal looked to have earned the Millers all three points but Stefan Payne forced home a leveller after the ball had appeared to run out of play.

"It's a bitter blow to take that late in the game," Warne said. "I thought the ball went out. It's hugely disappointing. In my opinion, it's gone out. I haven't got all the angles but it definitely looks out.​

"If you've got a lead, the opposition have got to come at you. That's just football. I thought we stood up to the pressure quite well.​

"It doesn't detract from the fact that we were poor. We played a lot better in the second half. We just didn't move the ball quickly enough first half.​ For whatever reason, we didn't just perform in the opening period.​

"Teams come here and are happy with a point. There was no flow to the game in the first half. We got frustrated and it reflected in our play and on the terraces.​

​"We are going to have to get used to the 'slowing the game down' tactic and fast."

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