The 18-year-old forward started his first gamed for the Gers, netting twice to aid the club to a 3-1 victory over Dumbarton, and he has told the Evening Times that there are four players who helped him in his success.
“When I was growing up, Kris Boyd was my boyhood hero,” the young goal hero said. “Kris has been very supportive of me and helped me through and given me a few pointers.
“The same with Kenny Miller and big Jon Daly as well - and the captain, Lee McCulloch, has given me a lot of confidence.”
To have made such an impact on his full debut would have delighted Hardie, as well as head coach Stuart McCall, who had to call upon the youngster after Kenny Miller was injured.
He showed faith in the forward, and was rewarded inside 10 minutes, when Hardie brought the game level with a one-on-one finish which crept over the line.
It was the youngster who then put Rangers ahead in the second half, with an instinctive overhead flick which somehow found the back of the net.
Following the two strikes, it is hard to see why McCall would look elsewhere as he attempts to fill the void left by the injured Miller. Harris Vuckic is still the most in form striker of all Rangers’ options, but Hardie is second on that list, and will likely be flying in confidence following the two goals.
He could have just hit form at the perfect time for Rangers, and the 18-year-old’s goal could prove vital as the Gers look to secure a return to the Scottish top flight.