English League One side Blackpool have confirmed the permanent signing of striker Ryan Hardie on Twitter and former Ibrox star Josh Windass has cheekily reacted on Twitter.
Hardie, 22, spent last season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Livingston and scored seven goals in 22 league and cup outings for Gary Holt’s side. But with Rangers boasting plenty of options, he has been sold.
The likes of Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe and Kyle Lafferty remain the first-team options up front, leaving Hardie with little chance of breaking into the side and that has seen him choose to chance his arm at Blackpool.
Blackpool confirmed that they had agreed a permanent move for the Scotland youth international which sees Hardie link up with Jordan Thompson again, and Windass amusingly remarked that the duo cannot leave eachother alone.
Can’t keep you two away from eachother @x88_j good luck mate
— Joshua Windass (@WindassJnr) July 17, 2019
TBR’s view – Hardie unlucky not to get a chance at Rangers
Hardie managed 17 senior appearances for Rangers after coming through the academy at Auchenhowie, and even found the back of the net on two occasions for the Gers at senior level. But he should consider himself unlucky.
Indeed, he showed plenty of potential and even proved that he is capable of scoring at Scottish Premiership level. But with Steven Gerrard bringing in player after player, it is difficult for the younger Rangers players to get a chance.
Moving to England and away from Rangers was the best move for Hardie, in a bid to show he can do it in England. He will be hoping that he can prove Rangers wrong in the orange of Blackpool, alongside Thompson.