Haris Vuckic reacts to Ryan Hardie's performance for Rangers against Dumbarton

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Rangers star Haris Vuckic was impressed with Ryan Hardie's display against Dumbarton on Saturday.

Rangers forward Haris Vuckic has told the club's official website that he was impressed with Ryan Hardie's full debut against Dumbarton.

Rangers moved four points clear of Hibernian in the Scottish Championship table after a fine victory at Dumbarton on Saturday, though they did have to come from a goal down to clinch all three points.

Mark Wilson's opener inside the first two minutes threatened to dampen Rangers' spirits, but a brace from teenager striker Ryan Hardie put Rangers in front before Vuckic grabbed yet another goal with a stunning long range strike into the top corner.

The Slovenian loanee is grabbing all the headlines having become such a key player for Rangers since joining from Newcastle in January, but since Saturday, the focus has been entirely on Hardie.

The 18-year-old forward has been impressing in Rangers' youth setup, and was handed a first start by manager Stuart McCall this weekend.

His faith was immediately repaid as Hardie struck twice on his full debut, with supporters now hoping that the Rangers youngsters can flourish under McCall, as Andy Murdoch and Tom Walsh currently are.

Having played alongside Hardie, Vuckic is well qualified to talk about the teenager - and he told the club's official website that he's delighted for the youngster after a match-winning display.

"Ryan is a very quick player and he is always looking for space to run at the defenders," said Vuckic. "For his first goal I saw him with a lot of space in behind and the defender wasn't very quick, so I put it in behind him to the space and he proved he was quicker to score a good goal. I'm delighted for him and he's a very nice lad too."

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