'I can understand' - Hardie makes honest admission after Rangers draw v Hearts
By Abigail Withey
Rangers forward Ryan Hardie has admitted that he and his team mates are the only ones who can find a solution to improve their chances in the season.
Pedro Caixinha’s side have endured a string of disappointing results at the start of the 2017/18 campaign. including a defeat to newly-promoted Hibernian and a frustrating 0-0 draw against Hearts on Saturday.
Caixinha became popular with Gers supporters during the summer months after making a number of signings in the transfer window to bolster the squad.
However, after the Ibrox side crashed out of the Europa League to Luxembourg side Progres Niederkorn back in July and a rather unimpressive set of results in the opening three games of the season, the Rangers boss was surrounded by a chorus of booing at the weekend.
With the fans making their thoughts clear at the Ibrox, Hardie has said that he can understand and sympathise with their frustrations.
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The young forward said: “I can understand the fans booing at the end.”
“At a club like Rangers, the fans expect you to win every week,” he explained, as quoted in the Belfast Telegraph. “As a squad we know we need to do that. It’s a huge disappointment for us and, even more so, for the fans.”
Hardie remained optimistic about the club’s chances this season, but honestly admitted that it is up to him and his fellow players to galvanise the club’s form.
“It’s up to us to find solutions when teams do that to us because that will be the case for most of the season. If we find the solution, I’m sure the goals will come.”
“We can’t panic, it’s still early in the season,” Hardie explained. “It was a positive performance in terms of dominating the ball. We were just unfortunate not to get the goal.”
Hardie came on during the 72nd minute of their draw against Hearts at the weekend, which was his first appearance in the 2017/18 Premiership as he was left out of the squad for the Motherwell and Hibs clash.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has revealed that this 22-year-old must fight for the right to stay at Ibrox.