By Will Butcher
Rangers teenager Ryan Hardie has revealed that veteran striker Kenny Miller is the man he turns to when he needs advice.
The 19-year-old striker is currently on loan at St. Mirren, and has started to find his feet after a difficult start with the Scottish Championship side.
Two goals in three games has seen Hardie take his overall season tally to three, as well as scoring twice for Rangers’ reserve side.
Speaking to the Evening Times, Hardie revealed that he is looking to emulate Miller by going out on loan before returning to Rangers, as the Ibrox veteran did earlier in his career with Stenhousemuir.
“When I am back in at training, Kenny Miller is one of the main guys that I speak to,” Hardie told the Evening Times. “If I need any advice, he is always there and he has been really good with me.
“He told me to go out and play if I could and that it would improve me greatly. He went to Stenhousemuir when he was young so talking to him is a big help. His experience and the things he has done as a player is incredible.”
Hardie made the decision to go out on loan with the likes of Miller, Martyn Waghorn, Joe Garner and Joe Dodoo all ahead of him in the centre-forward pecking order.
The Scotland under-19 international, who was called up to the under-21 side for the first time this week, has made 10 appearances for the 54-time Scottish Champions in all competitions, scoring two goals.
But after being given advice by the 36-year-old, Hardie believes a successful loan move will give him the experience he needs to earn a chance with the Gers under manager Mark Warburton.