Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has lauded natural finisher, Ryan Hardie, amid the former Rangers striker’s strong run of form, as quoted by Plymouth Live.
The Pilgrims snapped up the ex-Ger on loan from Blackpool in January with Lowe keen to add goals to his side and Hardie searching for playing time.
It was a drop down for the 22-year-old, but one that’s majorly paying off.
He’s netted seven times in 13 matches for his adopted side, with his third in his last three outings coming against Macclesfield Town at the weekend.
Lowe says that Hardie was given a goalscoring target of 10 following his mid-season move, but admits it’s no major surprise to him that it could be surpassed.
“We have seen the talent in him,” he said, as quoted by Plymouth Live. “We have seen where he can score goals and how he scores goals.”
“Did we feel he could plenty of goals in our team the way we play? 100 per cent, yeah. We spoke to players about him, ex-managers and, yeah, he was the right fit. We always knew if we got him up to speed that he would get chances.
“Is it a bonus now he has scored seven in 13? 100 per cent it is. But, as he will tell you, he sniffs goals out and that’s what he’s here to do.”
— Plymouth Argyle FC (@Only1Argyle) March 7, 2020
Alongside the likes of Zak Rudden and Andrew Dallas, Hardie is one of a number of young strikers who were forced to leave Ibrox in recent times following a lack of senior opportunities.
He scored twice for the first team, but his final appearance came way back in December 2017, so it was little surprise when Steven Gerrard allowed him to leave the club for good in the summer.
After a tough start at Blackpool, he’s really begun to establish himself with a series of impressive displays at Argyle, where he’s proving he can produce consistently at senior level.
He may be netting in the fourth tier of English football, but it’s certainly a start and given that he’s likely still some years away from his prime, the signs look good for the future.