Rangers teenager Ryan Hardie explains how Martyn Waghorn is an inspiration to him

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The striker is currently out injured but had netted 28 goals this season.

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

18-year-old forward Ryan Hardie has joined Raith Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

The decision might have came as a surprise, considering Rangers lost a key attacker just prior to the decision to loan out Hardie.

Rangers' recent win against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup came at a cost. Top goal-scorer Martyn Waghorn has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee injury.

Waghorn has been the main goal provider at Ibrox this season - netting 28 goals in 34 games for Rangers this season.

Hardie admits that the absence of the Rangers star initially put a brakes on a deal. However, now it has gone through, he explains how he is looking up to the Rangers top-scorer to inspire him going forward. He told the Glasgow Evening Times:

“It was mostly agreed and the papers were nearly signed on the day of the Kilmarnock game.

“Everything was in place to go ahead before Martyn got injured. We still have Kenny, Clarky and Michael who can play in that position.

“Martyn has come in and done brilliantly for us. It is not just his goals, it is his all-round game and the way he works during games and in training.

“I need to look up to that and I know that if I want to do as well as him then I need to put into it as much as he does.”

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 and hopefully he can go on to be as prolific as Waghorn has been at Ibrox.

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