By James Black
Promising Rangers striker Ryan Hardie has admitted he has done nothing to merit being considered a first-team player at Ibrox as he fights for an opportunity to prove what he can do.
The 20-year-old striker spent last season on loan with St. Mirren and Raith Rovers before returning to Ibrox over the summer to fight for a first-team place under Pedro Caixinha.
Hardie scored 13 times for Raith Rovers during the second-half of last season but couldn’t stop the Kirkcaldy side’s relegation from the Scottish Championship.
The striker revealed he was still part of the Under-20’s dressing-room at the club’s Auchenhowie training ground and admits that he’s not done enough to be considered a first-team player yet.
“I am still in the 20s dressing room at the moment,” Hardie said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“You need to earn your place with the first team and I need to play well and earn my way into that dressing room.
“I have done nothing so far to be worthy of getting there so it is about playing and scoring a few goals to hopefully make that step and get into that dressing room.”
Hardie has been a peripheral figure in the Rangers squad this season – making only one substitute appearance under Pedro Caixinha – but has featured more under Graeme Murty since Caixinha’s sacking in October.
The 20-year-old will likely start on the bench for the Gers on Friday night when they take on Dundee in the Scottish Premiership on Friday night.
The Ibrox giants will be desperate for three points before facing Aberdeen in back-to-back games that could make or break the Gers season.
The Light Blues are currently fourth in the Scottish Premiership and trail the Dons by three points and leaders Celtic by nine.
A win over Dundee would draw the Gers level with Derek McInnes’ side before they face Kilmarnock later this weekend.
In other Rangers team news, the club has received an apology following some untrue stories that were written about Bruno Alves