Report: Rangers youngster Ryan Hardie wanted by Airdrieonians

Rangers youngster Ryan Hardie is wanted on loan by Airdrie.

Airdrieonians have made contact with Rangers over the loan of Ryan Hardie, the Daily Record reports.

After breaking onto the scene at Ibrox last season, scoring twice on his full debut for the club, Hardie has found himself only in a backup role this season under Mark Warburton.

Despite being on the bench for 12 Scottish Championship games, he has only made it onto the pitch for one of those fixtures, playing 20 minutes of action.

He has also managed short cameos in both the League Cup and Challenge Cup, but his chances for more playing time do not look likely to increase in the second half of the season.

With his lack of chances, Hardie is said to be looking for a move away from Ibrox, and Airdrie have already contacted Rangers about taking the 18-year-old on loan until the end of the season.

Hardie is said to be aware of the offer, and the report claims that the youngster is keen to make the switch to the League One club.

A loan to Airdrie should ensure that Hardie is playing consistent football for the last months of the campaign, guaranteeing his development which could stutter if he was forced back down to Under-21 football for another half-season.

There is no indication in the report as to whether Rangers are ready to sanction the loan exit of Hardie

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