By Alex Stevens

Ryan Hardie has left Rangers to join St Mirren on loan until January, it was confirmed on Tuesday evening.

The striker, 19, had a successful spell on loan at Raith Rovers in the second half of last season, scoring six times in ten appearances as Raith unsuccessfully challenged for a Premiership spot via the playoffs.

Rangers announced on their official media channels on Tuesday that a deal had been secured for Hardie to go on loan in the upcoming season.

The move comes just days after Rangers manager Mark Warburton criticised Scottish youngsters for staying local for loan deals.

He’s the third Rangers player to join Scottish clubs on loan since Warburton’s comments, with winger Tom Walsh also making the move to Paisley, and midfielder Scott Roberts joining Raith Rovers until January.

Hardie is highly rated at Ibrox and scored six goals in 10 games for Raith last season.

Hardie netted on his first start for Rangers in April 2015, when he scored twice to help Stuart McCall’s side come from behind in a 3-1 win over Dumbarton.

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