Former Rangers striker Ryan Hardie has been tipped for a Scotland call-up after his explosive start to the season with Plymouth Argyle.
Hardie, 24, came through the youth ranks at Ibrox but struggled to make an impression on the first team and was moved on in 2019 following a series of loan moves.
Hardie turned out for St Mirren, Livingston, and Blackpool – who he moved to permanently from Rangers – before finding a home with the Pilgrims.
So far this season the striker has netted an impressive 10 goals in 15 games and is 3rd in the English League One scoring charts.
Hardie’s goals have fired Ryan Lowe’s side to the top of League One and the manager has tipped the striker to force his way into Steve Clarke’s Scotland thinking.
“I was expecting a call just because he’s scoring goals,” said Lowe [BBC Sport].
“I’m not sitting here telling Steve Clarke what to do by any stretch of the imagination, but you’ve got a leading goalscorer in the country at the moment and he’s your player.
“I’m sure Steve’s monitoring him and watching him, because who wouldn’t?”
Hardie – buoyed my his manager’s comments – has also thanked Lowe for taking the time to praise his exploits so far.
Even if he isn’t done yet.
“When he says things like that he’s got the ultimate respect for you and he’s happy with the way you’re playing, which makes me feel a bit better,” Hardie added.
“Internationals are where you want to be as a football player, but as I said to him – we had a chat about it – I’ve only scored 10 goals, it’s only a start, I want to go and get 20 and see where that takes me.
“I don’t want to stop at 10 and say I should be in it, I want to just keep going and see where it takes me.”
Whilst it never quite happened at Ibrox for Hardie, fans generally do follow the progress of the players who’ve left the Academy to go on to other things.
Ryan has finally found a place to call home with Plymouth and if he continues to fire the club to glory, then Scotland will surely come knocking before long.
The current Scotland forward has also been making headlines this week after he came within one strike of a Rangers legend’s Scotland record.