Rangers teenager Ryan Hardie believes loan move can help him prove first-team credentials

The 18-year-old has headed out to Raith Rovers.

Glasgow Rangers boss Mark Warburton recently agreed to loan out one of the club's top young talents in order for him to gain regular first-team football.

The player in question was Ryan Hardie. The 18-year-old forward has joined Raith Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

He will be tasked with getting plenty of game time under his belt and helping Raith Rovers take some points off of Rangers' promotion rivals Hibernian and Falkirk.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times about the move Hardie insists this is not the beginning of the end regarding his Rangers career. Quite the contrary, he believes he will come back and fight for a starting berth at Ibrox once his spell at Stark's Park is at an end:

“It is a chance for me to get regular first team football so hopefully I can get in the Raith team and help them do well this season.

“I will get to play against men rather than in Under-20 football and I am looking forward to the challenge.

“The big thing for me was to play at the highest level that I could so that I can show that I can play at the same level that Rangers are at just now.

“I need to prove myself to show that I can be the player that comes on or starts a game. It is a learning curve and I need to show how good I can be now.”

Hardie had only featured once for Rangers in the league this season, coincidentally as a late substitute against Raith back in September, despite impressing for the club last season.

He scored twice for Rangers in five league games last term, including an exceptional overhead kick against Dumbarton - so the talent is there.

With some game time at Raith, he should hopefully come back to Glasgow as a star for the future of Rangers.

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