Nicky Law backs Rangers youngster Ryan Hardie's switch to Raith Rovers

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Rangers midfielder Ryan Hardie has gone out on loan to Raith Rovers, after Mark Warburton decided his progression would be best served by a loan move.

Nicky Law has told the Glasgow Evening Times that a loan move for his Rangers teammate, Ryan Hardie, will be perfect for the youngster’s development.

There is great excitement about Hardie’s future at Rangers, but he has found it difficult to break into Mark Warburton’s first team this season.

And, the Light Blues have decided that the 18-year-old’s progress will be aided, by sending him out on a temporary move to Raith Rovers.

Law has backed the move to be a productive one, and he believes that Hardie could return to Ibrox a stronger player.

“He has been involved this season, but maybe he hasn’t played as much as he would have liked,” Law said of his younger teammate. “With Kenny Miller and Martyn Waghorn, and even Nicky Clark of late, it is very difficult for him to get those chances, so it makes sense for him to go out to a good club.

“They are a good side this season and hopefully he gets the game time he needs for his development, and I think that’s important for all the young lads if they are not playing it’s always a great experience.”

Hardie is only scheduled to spend 28 days on loan at Raith, but he is expected to go straight into their first-team.

Hardie has only made four appearances for Rangers this season, but he has already played his first match for Raith.

The prospect came on as a late substitute, as Grant Murray’s side beat Livingston last weekend.

If Hardie’s loan spell is not extended, he should return to Rangers for a crucial part of their season.

The Light Blues are currently top of the Scottish Championship table, and they will be looking to ensure that they are not caught by any of their rivals over the final few months of the campaign.

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