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14th Dec, 2017 | 5:27pm

Murty must promote Rangers rising start to first-team after senior player injury blow


Rangers striker Kenny Miller was stretchered off with a hamstring injury in Wednesday night’s 2-1 win over Hibs in the Scottish Premiership.

Miller pulled up after chasing down Dylan McGeouch before collapsing to the turf clutching his hamstring less than 15 minutes into the game.

The injury to the veteran Ibrox star must mean that Graeme Murty should give an opportunity for prolific Under-20’s star Ryan Hardie to get more first-team football after scoring for fun in the youth side.

The rising star spent last season on loan with St. Mirren and Raith Rovers before returning to Ibrox in the summer to fight for a first-team opportunity.

Hardie bagged a treble in Tuesday’s Under-20’s win over a strong St Mirren side featuring many of the Buddies senior side and the 20-year-old deserves a chance to show what he can do for  Murty’s side.

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Since returning to Ibrox Hardie has had a few brief appearances from the bench but hasn’t been given any substantial chances to show what he can do.

Hardie’s contract is up at the end of the season so the Scotland Under-21 international is playing for his Ibrox career and if fellow Academy graduate Ross McCrorie is anything to go by, Hardie would grab the opportunity with both hands.

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