It’s fair to say the Rangers fans in the Transfer Tavern in dire need of some cheering up after a frustrating start to the season.
With Pedro Caixinha’s side already having lost ground on the likes of Celtic, Aberdeen and Hibernian, there’s been a major inquest by some of our punters in regards to his squad overhaul at Ibrox
So, comments made by the Portuguese to Rangers TV and via the Daily Record, have at least given our local Light Blues a reason to smile today. He’s revealed Gers youngster Ryan Hardie will be given more of a chance in the first-team after injury saw him called up for the draw with Hearts.
Having been farmed out on loan to the likes of St Mirren and Raith Rovers over the past 18 months or so, the Scotland U21 international forward looks to have impressed his boss enough to convince his boss.
“I met Ryan when we arrived last season later on when he came from the loan process”, said the Rangers boss.
“I was told by our doctor, who likes him a lot, that he was a goalscorer, he is definitely a goalscorer, and when he has a chance he scores.
“Unfortunately he had one-and-a-half chances (on Saturday) and he almost scored, but he didn’t score in the game.”
“He is an option for us after Martyn left the club, so we have Kenny Miller, we have Alfredo Morelos, we have Eduardo. And Ryan and Zak Rudden can be options for us if a situation like this happens.”
With Caixinha needing to get the fans onside quickly, the sight of an Ibrox youngster doing well really could help speed that process along.
Hardie is clearly a talent, though it speaks volumes about the state of play at Rangers right now that he’s being cited as a big attacking option.