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.
— Plymouth Argyle FC (@Only1Argyle) January 9, 2020
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.
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.
already love you mate
— Jasper White (@JasperWhite2003) January 11, 2020
Great job mate, can’t wait to see the goal.
To be honest, your arrival didn’t light the Twittersphere with excitement, so that’s a great way to silence the critics!
More please! 😎
— Pete Clarkson (@PeteXXXL) January 11, 2020
That’s how you make your debut,welcome to the legendary green side 💚
— colesy (@dscolsey) January 11, 2020
I’m genuinely excited that your at our wonderful club.
Well done on getting off the mark today. Enjoy Plymouth, its a great city in a wonderful part of the world 💚
— 𝕊𝕙𝕒𝕦𝕟 (@pafcshaun) January 11, 2020
Great finish! Welcome to the Green Army!
— ⚫️Andy Symons #GTTO (@homeslice68) January 11, 2020
Great work Ryan 👍 You’ve chosen a special club to come to.
— James Jamieson (@jjplym) January 11, 2020
Love you 💚🥰
— Rhianna Johnson (@RhiannaJade89) January 11, 2020
Nice one Ryan. You’ll love it here and not just the club, the area too. There’s something special happening here enjoy the ride 💚🔥
— Carl Barnard (@CarlBarnard15) January 11, 2020
Wait until you see Homepark Rocking next week!! 🙌🏼⚽️💚 #pafc
— Pilgrim Petey (@PilgrimPetey) January 11, 2020
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. “I’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.”
“I was at Rangers for around ten years, so a big part of my career so far.
“I had the chance to move on when it wasn’t working out for me and I felt that was a good decision for my career.”
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.