Rangers forward Ryan Hardie names summer signing whose arrival he will benefit from the most

General view of Ibrox - Rangers

The midfielder joined Mark Warburton's Glasgow Rangers side as they prepare for the Scottish Premiership.

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

Ryan Hardie has admitted to Rangers' official website that of all of the signings that the club have made over the summer, it is the acquisition of Niko Kranjcar that he is most excited about.

Mark Warburton has currently brought eight new players into Ibrox this summer, with the likes of Joey Barton, Clint Hill and Josh Windass arriving through the door. 

Burnley's Joey BartonJoey Barton is one of eight new signings at Rangers

But Hardie has explained that as a striker, he believes that it is the 31-year-old's arrival that will benefit his game the most.

"Niko [Kranjcar] is the ideal number ten and a playmaker who could slip through passes for players like myself, Martyn and Kenny and he's like the dream player to play in behind you," he told the club's official website.

"I'm really looking to kick things off by getting a good season under my belt and hopefully get some game time under my belt and show the manager what I can do and try to get into his plans for this year."

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

While the 19-year-old is excited about the prospect of linking up with the former Croatia international, he will firstly have to prove that he is deserving of a regular chance in the first-team. 

After struggling for opportunities since Warburton's arrival - with Martyn Waghorn and Kenny Miller in such fine form - Hardie spent most of the latter half of last season out on loan with their Scottish Championship rivals Raith.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton celebrates at the end of the matchRangers manager Mark Warburton

And he made the most of his chance, as he scored six goals in just 10 league games for Rovers to help them finish in the play-off places in the second tier.

But despite that excellent spell, it seems unlikely that Warburton will initially view the youngster as anything more than a fringe player with a great amount of potential to make an impact in the future. 

However, if he is able to strike up an understanding with Kranjcar that his rivals for his position cannot create, then the manager would be foolish not to consider giving him more chances.

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