By James Black
Rangers striker Ryan Hardie has revealed Ibrox veteran Kenny Miller is “inspiring” him as he makes tries to make the breakthrough at the Gers.
Hardie has been involved in the squad in each of Rangers’ last two games after falling out of favour with Pedro Caixinha.
The Scotland Under-21 striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Raith Rovers and had hoped to return to Ibrox and fight for a first-team place.
Despite being limited to a handful of substitute appearances, Hardie admits he is confident and revealed he looks to 37-year-old team-mate Miller for inspiration.
“It was good at the start of the season and then I fell away a wee bit but I played 20s games to keep up my match sharpness,” Hardie said, as quoted by the Scottish FA’s website.
“Graeme Murty has involved me in both his matchday squads with the first team which has been great and really boosted my confidence.
“Kenny Miller has been brilliant with me and he’s inspiring as he’s done everything I want to do in the game.
“He’s a great role model and someone I admire.”
Hardie is expected to be involved for Scotland Under-21’s in Tuesday night’s European Championship qualifier against Ukraine at McDiarmid Park.
The Rangers striker scored in the Scots’ 1-1 draw with Latvia on Friday night in Perth.
The 20-year-old has made 13 appearances for the Gers in all competitions and has scored twice.
Hardie scored a treble for Rangers Development Squad in their 5-2 win over Brentford recently – starring alongside Miller for the Gers – before making brief appearances from the bench in the first-team’s last two games and will be hoping he can get more of a chance in the coming months.
In other Rangers team news, Fabio Cardoso has returned to training after suffering a nose injury