Ryan Hardie on the impact of Mark Warburton on young players at Rangers

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The Gers starlet has noticed a change in atmosphere at the club.

Rangers youngster Ryan Hardie has claimed Mark Warburton’s faith in younger players has raised the stakes among the club’s development teams.

The new Gers boss has given academy product Barrie McKay a crucial role this season and has put a number of young players in his match day squads.

There is renewed belief that strong performances for the development teams will result in a chance with the senior team and Hardie has noticed a new determination among the younger players.

“I am working towards getting another couple of games for the first-team this season so scoring a couple of goals (against Hibs) will not do me any harm,” said the 18-year old, in an interview on rangers.co.uk.

“We definitely have a chance in this league, we have a really good squad of players this year and a lot of young boys who are pressing and pushing their hardest to get a shot in the first team.

“Everybody wants to get to the same place and you need to do well in 20s games to get there.

“There are a lot of young boys coming into the squad and getting the chance so they just need to take it when they get in,” he added.

Hardie is at the top of the pile as far as those ready to make the breakthrough to the senior team and has already appeared for Warburton’s side this season.

The forward trains with the first-team regularly and will be confident of getting more minutes under his belt in the coming months.

His five goals in four games for the Under 20s will not have done his prospects any harm and he singled out striking coach Kenny Miller as key factor in the improvement of his game.

“Kenny has come in and as a striker he has a lot of good pointers and tips for me especially and he helps me through the game.”

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