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Rangers boss Stuart McCall explains why he's changed his opinion on Ryan Hardie

Stuart McCall explains why he now sees that there is more to Ryan Hardie than being a poacher in the Ally McCoist mould.

Stuart McCall has told the Glasgow Evening Times that when he first arrived at Rangers he thought Ryan Hardie was in the same mould as Ally McCoist.

Before he took over at Ibrox, McCall thought the striker was “more of a Coisty type striker, a penalty box striker with all the goals he was getting,” but now thinks there is “more to him than just being in the six-yard box.”

McCall formed his original opinion before joining the Gers, and was reliant on top-scorer tables and what he saw while watching Motherwell’s U20s, but having seen the striker in regular action, he has decided to give him a chance in the first-team.

The Gers boss put his faith in Hardie, starting him against Dumbarton in the place of an injured Kenny Miller, where he scored twice, and could now be given a chance to further his goal-scoring tally against Falkirk on Saturday.

After having the chance to see him play regular football, McCall is now aware of the qualities Haride brings to the side.

"He has got good pace, he runs the channels well, he gets in there and he can finish,” he said.

"Naturally, he is a good finisher and he is very cool, he had no nerves before the game. He has got a good temperament, which a striker needs. You need not to get flustered and he certainly doesn't do that."

While McCall is clearly a fan of Hardie, the same can’t be said for Kris Boyd, who has spent much of his time overlooked on the sidelines recently as others are given opportunities to impress.

The recent decision to leave Boyd on the bench could be a signal that his Rangers contract won’t be renewed in the summer, with a proposed move to Kilmarnock already being mooted in The Scotsman.

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