Former Rangers kid Ryan Hardie has insisted that it was a “dream come true” to play for the Light Blues but admits his “time was up” when he left to join Blackpool last year.
The striker spent a decade at Ibrox and had stints on loan with Livingston, Raith Rovers, St Mirren, Blackpool before making a permanent switch to the Seasiders.
After struggling for games at Blackpool at the start of the season, Hardie joined Plymouth on loan for the rest of the season and the 23-year-old thinks leaving Ibrox is starting to pay off.
“It was a dream come true to play for Rangers, but I just got to the age where I needed to play first-team football every week,” he said in a YouTube interview with Ryan Kelly.
“An opportunity came up to sign for Blackpool, which really came out of the blue.
“Rangers accepted an offer and I was actually told about it when I was training, so things moved quite quickly.
“When an opportunity like that comes up it’s hard to say no.
“I thought by having the opportunity to move somewhere and start afresh I’d be able to play every week and get a chance at first-team football.
“I had a good 10 years at Rangers but I think my time was up. I had made all my dreams come true.
“Now it’s starting to pay off that it was the right decision now I’m scoring goals and playing week in, week out.”
While at Plymouth, Hardie has banged in seven goals in 13 appearances for the Pilgrims and helped them win promotion from League Two.
After leaving Rangers, it would have been easy for Hardie to slide down the leagues and get lost in the shuffle a bit but the striker has worked hard to continue developing.
With his loan spell at Plymouth up, he’ll be hoping he gets the chance to establish himself at Blackpool and push for promotion to the Championship.