Rangers legend Johnstone is pleased with Hardie’s breakthrough, but has noticed one area in which he still must improve.
Speaking to the Evening Times, 132-goal former Rangers forward Johnstone indicated that Hardie’s first touch is an area he must still work on to improve.
Johnstone said: “He has a few rough edges which still need smoothed out. His first touch, for example, could be better.”
At the age of just 18-years-old, Hardie made his first start for the Gers last weekend, and netted twice in the vital 3-1 victory over Dumbarton that tightened the Light Blues’ grip on second place in the Championship.
He was afforded the opportunity to start due to Kenny Miller’s absence, and head coach Stuart McCall had his faith rewarded with the two-goal salvo that led Rangers to a comeback victory.
His two finishes showed his natural goalscoring instinct - the second goal especially - and at his young age it is no surprise that he is still not the finished article. Johnstone highlighted his first touch as an area that needs improvement, whilst his striking of the ball to ensure a clinical finish could also be worked on.
However, he has a poachers approach to goalscoring, and his movement was running the Dumbarton centre-halves ragged, and whilst Johnstone has seen areas for improvement, there is no denying that Rangers might just have discovered the free-scoring striker they have been crying out for all season in the second tier.