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Rangers rookie promoted into first-team squad after hat-trick

By James Black

Rangers youngster Ryan Hardie has revealed he is training with the senior squad and is ready to be fast-tracked into the team after the youth team’s confidence-boosting 5-2 win over Brentford B.

Hardie, who scored three of the Gers’ five goals, has spent much of the last few seasons out on loan but is desperate to get a prolonged run in the first-team to show what he is capable of.

The young Gers travelled to face Brentford after a 6-1 thumping at the hands of Leicester City and Hardie admits it gave the Brentford clash added importance.

“Going down, we knew it was important we picked up from the loss to Leicester, so there was a bit of pressure going into the game, but the boys stood up to the challenge.” Hardie said to RangersTV, as quoted by the club’s official website.

“It was nice to get back in among the goals too.

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“I’ve obviously not had a lot of gametime this season, so playing the game and getting the three goals was a big thing for me and my personal confidence levels.

“It has been a pleasing season for me so far.

“I got my chance against Hearts and I’ve been training with the first team, so it is just about being patient and grabbing my chance when it comes.

“For me, it’s just about now training to my maximum and when I get the chance to play in the 20s games, show what I can do.”

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at St. Mirren and then Raith Rovers as he continues his development and would in all likelhood have stepped into the first-team at the tail-end of last season had he not already gone out on loan.

Hardie was then given a brief cameo earlier this season against Hearts in the Ibrox draw with the Jambos but has yet to feature again.

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