Ryan Hardie, during his loan spell at St Mirren
Rangers fans have taken to Twitter to heap praise upon Ryan Hardie after the youngster scored a hat-trick to help the Gers' under-20s claim a 5-2 win over Brentford B on Sunday.
There was more attention than usual on Graeme Murty's side as the team included Kenny Miller following his exile from the first-team earlier this week.
But while Miller did well, the headlines were stolen by his young positional rival Hardie, who bagged a treble to inspire the Light Blues to the emphatic victory.
With Caixinha's actions leaving Miller's future at Ibrox potentially in doubt - though it is not clear how long his exile from the first-team will last, or if it will end - Hardie's hat-trick could arguably have not been better timed.
The Gers do not have an abundance of striker options to pick from with Miller, Eduardo Herrera and Alfredo Morelos beginning the season as the only out-and-out forwards in the first-team, and if Caixinha has no plans to bring the former back into the fold, he will surely be looking at potentially promoting one of the youngsters.
And after his treble, there is surely no question that Hardie is the forward making the best case to be given a chance in the senior side.
The supporters have taken to social media to congratulate the 20-year-old on his performance against Brentford, and suggested that he deserves the opportunity to step up.
Here is the best of the reaction...
If Rangers don’t give Ryan Hardie a run out for the 1st team soon he’s gonnae go elsewhere & come back to haunt us forever. Unreal talent— DH (@FredsAuldMan) 1 October 2017
Def worth a 1st team slot— Steven Reynolds (@Rennie1912) 1 October 2017
Congrats on the hat trick ❤️❤️⚽️⚽️— JILL F REILLY (@Fabniko1) 1 October 2017
Ideal replacement for Miller.— The Boat E2 (@TheBoatE2) 1 October 2017
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