Plymouth Argyle fans have praised Ryan Hardie for his debut goal for the club, while the former Rangers striker has opened up on his decision to leave Ibrox, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

Hardie left Rangers in the summer to join EFL League One club Blackpool, but having found playing opportunities hard to come by, he opted to drop down to League Two and join Argyle on loan.

His transfer was only confirmed on Thursday, but he was included in the matchday squad for the trip to Carlisle on Saturday, and he netted a debut goal just a matter of minutes after coming off the bench.

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As you might expect, the early contribution has endeared him to the EFL club’s fans, and he received plenty of praise when he tweeted to acknowledge the move and the goal after the game.

 

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old has opened up on the painful nature of his decision to leave Rangers.

“It was the hardest decision,” said Hardie, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “Iโ€™d supported them as a boy, grew up watching them and played for them for ten years, so it was a hard decision to move on.”

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โ€œI was atย Rangersย for around ten years, so a big part of my career so far.

โ€œI had the chance to move on when it wasnโ€™t working out for me and I felt that was a good decision for my career.”

The rangy forward left Rangers for Blackpool but has since been farmed out on loan. (Photo by Kevin Barnes – CameraSport via Getty Images)

It’s never nice to see a homegrown player move away from the club, especially a genuine bluenose like Hardie.

However, while things haven’t worked out so far at Blackpool, it was definitely the right call for him to head for pastures new.

With Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe at the club, first-team game time simply wasn’t a realistic prospect.

Hopefully, his debut goal for Argyle will be the start of a hot streak, and he will begin to establish himself in the EFL over the coming months.

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