Former Rangers forward Ryan Hardie finally made his league debut for Blackpool on Saturday.

The 22-year-old came off the bench in the 85th minute to replace Armand Gnanduillet, in a 0-0 draw with Rochdale at Spotland.

Hardie tussles with Rochdale keeper, Roger Sanchez. (Photo by Andy Whitehead/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Former Rangers forward Hardie makes EFL bow

It wasn’t much of an opportunity for the wiry frontman, but he almost played a hand in a late winner. After controlling the ball well on the edge of the area, he fizzed a pass out wide to James Husband, whose deflected cross beat the opposition goalkeeper but hit the post and bounced away to safety [Sky Sports].

Hardie has had a tough time of it since deciding to leave Rangers for the seaside English town. Despite being fit and raring to go, he was an unused substitute in Tangerines’ first four league matches, with his only previous appearance coming in the League Cup against Macclesfield.

Hopefully, after getting his League One debut out of the way, opportunities will come about more frequently.

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Hardie is searching for goals and playing time after leaving Ibrox. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Andrew Dallas’ tough start to life at Cambridge United continued on Saturday. He was an unused substitute, despite his side losing 2-1 at home to Oldham.

 

The 20-year-old is yet to score since joining the U’s last month, and in fact, is still goalless in senior football.

Although he enjoyed a prolific season at Reserves level last season, he failed to net in 12 appearances whilst on loan at Morton during the second half of the campaign.

Let’s hope it’s only a matter of time before both strikers start firing for their respective new clubs.

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