Simon Grayson confirms a couple of bids for players, after Rangers' Ryan Hardie and Jamie Murphy are linked

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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

Ryan Hardie of St Mirren makes his 1st appearance for St Mirren during the match beTFRED Cup Group Stage match between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in...

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.

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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.

Jamie Murphy of Rangers is congratulated by his team mates after scoring the opening goal of the game during the Pre-Season Friendly between Rangers and Bury at Ibrox Stadium on July 6,...

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.

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