Ryan Hardie is on the verge of sealing a permanent Rangers departure. According to The Blackpool Gazette, Hardie has been pictured in Blackpool’s training kit as he edges closer to a move to England.
Hardie is set to leave Rangers on a permanent deal. He was present at the pre-season game against AFC Fylde at Mill Farm, where he was spotted in the tracksuit and pictured by Blackpool Gazette journalist Matt Scrafton.
Excuse the bad photo, but that appears to be Ryan Hardie who has just walked onto the AFC Fylde pitch in Blackpool gear. pic.twitter.com/OxNLkmiyN9
— Matt Scrafton (@matt_scrafton) July 16, 2019
The Scotland U21 striker’s first-team chances at Rangers are slim with Alfredo Morelos, Greg Stewart, Jermain Defoe and Zak Rudden also on their books. So it looks like Steven Gerrard will let the youngster leave this summer.
This report adds that Blackpool – who play in the third tier of English football – will sign Hardie permanently, rather than on loan. New manager Simon Grayson has given the green light for the Tangerines to complete this deal.
Blackpool signed Joe Dodoo on loan from Rangers last summer. And it looks like they will return to Glasgow for their business this summer with Hardie expected to join.
Ryan Hardie: Can he become a success in England?
Hardie has enjoyed reasonable success in Scotland but he is now ready to test himself in England. The 22-year-old only managed 17 first-team outings for Rangers, scoring twice.
But loan spells have shown his talent. The 6ft 2in centre-forward netted 15 goals in 39 games across two spells with Livingston, as well as enjoying success with St Mirren and Raith Rovers.
The English league will provide a new challenge for Hardie as he looks to take his career forward. Goals were a problem for Blackpool last season and there is a belief that Hardie can fix that.