The Rangers manager, Steven Gerrard, appeared to hint that plans for Hardie’s Ibrox exit had changed.

Ryan Hardie’s proposed Rangers exit may not be dead in the water yet.

Hardie was strongly linked with a move to Blackpool last week, but has remained at Rangers after the English side experienced a change in manager, with Simon Grayson installed as Terry McPhillips’ successor over the weekend.

Later, Grayson’s Rangers counterpart, Steven Gerrard, suggested via the Scottish Sun that the deal for Hardie – as well as the one meant to be taking Glenn Middleton to Doncaster Rovers – was off, and said: “We’ll find a solution for both them lads.”

But asked whether Hardie’s transfer had indeed broken down, the new Blackpool boss chose to remain coy.

“After working in the media for the last year I like to get all these scoops but now I’m on the other side, I won’t comment on any speculation,”  he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

Blackpool have also been credited with an interest in Hardie’s Rangers teammate, Jamie Murphy.

And asked if he has scope to make signings at Bloomfield Road, Grayson replied: “I certainly have, yes.

“That was one thing I spoke to Simon (Sadler, the new Blackpool owner) about and I think as it stands a couple of bids are in for players already. There are certainly other players I’m looking at too.”

Hardie, the Rangers academy product, scored seven goals in 22 Scottish Premiership matches while on loan to Livingston last season, but unlike Murphy he has never experienced English football.