Stuart McCall raves about Ryan Hardie after performance against Dumbarton

Stuart McCall was full of praise for teenager Ryan Hardie after Rangers' 3-1 win over Dumbarton today.

Rangers manager Stuart McCall has told the club's official website that he was delighted with Ryan Hardie's performance against Dumbarton.

Rangers moved four points clear of Hibernian in second place with 3-1 a win today, but they survived an early scare at Dumbarton.

The hosts took the lead in the second minute through a Mark Wilson goal, but Rangers took control after Hardie equalised in the tenth minute.

Hardie grabbed his second just after half-time, before Haris Vuckic scored yet again to wrap up all three points and tighten Rangers' grip on second place in the Scottish Championship.

Hardie, 18, partnered Nicky Clark in attack and repaid his manager's faith with two goals, becoming the latest Rangers youth product to impress under McCall.

With Andy Murdoch and Tom Walsh also in the starting line-up, McCall is placing his faith in Rangers' youngsters - and praised Hardie for his performance this afternoon.

"I’m delighted for Ryan of course and for the team generally. He did what I thought he would today, and got in behind them a couple of times, but every game is different," said McCall.

"We didn’t name the team until lunchtime but Ryan was playing on my mind from Wednesday. I was always going to play him in this game and I thought he could get in to certain areas of the park which he did."

"The area he scored from was exactly what we wanted from him. His second could probably have gone anywhere but he’s a goal scorer and he’s got the energy and the pace to cause problems," he added.

Hardie may now become a fixture of the Rangers side after his performance against Dumbarton, and supporters will be delighted that McCall is bringing through a a crop of youngsters for the future.

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