Ryan Hardie explains why Raith Rovers loan spell made him ready for Rangers

Rangers' Ryan Hardie in action with Celtic's Eoghan O'Connell

The young striker is ready to force his way into the first-team picture.

Rangers' Ryan Hardie in action with Celtic's Eoghan O'ConnellRangers' Ryan Hardie in action with Celtic's Eoghan O'Connell

Rangers youngster Ryan Hardie has claimed that the winning mentality he developed while on loan last season has prepared him perfectly for the Gers’ senior squad, in an interview with the club’s official site.

The 19-year old was loaned to Championship side Raith Rovers in February and enjoyed a successful spell, scoring six times in his ten appearances for The Rovers.

“The winning mentality is what you need as a Rangers player, so when I went there we were unbeaten in thirteen games, winning ten of those,” said Hardie.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophyRangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates winning the Scottish Championship with the trophy

“We eventually secured our playoff place by quite a few points, so it’s been really good to be involved in it and I enjoyed my time with Raith Rovers.

“Getting the opportunity to go out on loan and get some game time to show the manager what I can do was brilliant,” he added.

The rangy striker certainly showed Mark Warburton what he is capable of and he will hope to establish himself in the first-team this season.

It’s another summer of transition at Ibrox, with Warburton once again active in the transfer market in a bid to prepare his team for an assault on the top flight.

Scotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in actionScotland's Scott Brown (L) and Croatia's Niko Kranjcar in action

The high-profile signings of Joey Barton and Nico Kranjcar have stolen the limelight and with more incomings set to follow, it’s imperative for Hardie – and other young prospects at the club – to make their mark in pre-season.

Warburton has shown willingness to put his faith in youngsters, with the likes of Barrie McKay establishing themselves in the first-team, and Hardie has all the tools in the box to follow suit.

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