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‘We’ve got a good one here’ – Some English club’s fans eye promotion after signing Gers talent

Ryan Hardie has officially signed for Blackpool.

The 22-year-old ends a near decade long association with Rangers to join the Seasiders on an initial two-year deal.

As of yet, the fee involved in the transfer remains undisclosed.

“It’s exciting times and I’m looking forward to hopefully pushing the club up the table and seeing how far we can go,” Hardie told Blackpool’s website. “It’s a new challenge coming down here and it’s obviously going to be different playing conditions, a different way to play and a different style of play. I’m looking forward to challenging myself and seeing how I deal with it.”

The 6ft 2” centre-forward turned out 13 times for the Gers first team in the league, scoring twice [Soccerbase]. However, he hadn’t made an appearance since December 2017, spending the last season and a half on loan at Livingston.

Hardie mustered seven goals in all competitions last season. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

When he was banging in goals last December, some Bears predicted a big future for Hardie at Ibrox. However, a quiet second half of the season and the rise in prominence of the likes of Josh McPake, have combined to end his time at the club.

In Blackpool, he joins a club who finished tenth in the English third tier last season. They have designs on returning to former glories though, and clearly see Hardie as a potential spearhead for their attack.

The signing seems to have gone down extremely well with the League One club’s supporters. Some of whom, believe promotion to the Championship is now on the cards.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

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Steven Gerrard makes exciting player revelation that should intrigue supporters

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has hinted that young Josh McPake will be involved in tomorrow’s match with St. Joseph’s

The Liverpool legend said he pulled highly-rated 17-year-old Gers talent Josh McPake out of the 2-0 development squad win over Cambridge United to prepare him for the tie.

Speaking in a press conference looking forward to the match, Gerrard confirmed McPake is in the plans for tomorrow’s game. He also confirmed fellow youth talent Dapo Mebude will miss out through injury.

“Dapo has a little small niggle at the moment so he’s not available for selection,” said Gerrard. “That’s the reason why he missed the game yesterday.

“But I pulled Josh out of the game because he’s in the plans for tomorrow.

It’s a superb opportunity for the youngster who impressed in a brief cameo against Oxford United a few weeks ago.

McPake is a highly rated talent at Ibrox and the club and fans will be delighted to have recently tied him down on a three-year deal.

With Rangers leading 4-0 from the first leg, it’s the perfect chance to introduce some of the club’s younger players to a packed Ibrox.

Gerrard has proved in the use of Glenn Middleton that he isn’t afraid to bleed youngsters into the Rangers squad. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Gerrard also admitted in the pre-match press conference that there will be changes for tomorrow’s match at Ibrox.

The Gers boss wants those players who get the chance tomorrow to grab the opportunity with both hands.

“The team will look different tomorrow,” said Gerrard. “It gives me an opportunity to give people an opportunity so yeah it will look different.

Josh McPake could be in line to make his Rangers debut tomorrow night. (Photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

“It’s an opportunity for the lads that are selected and people who come off the bench to keep pushing fitness-wise and show me that you can play in the system and you want one of these shirts.

“I’m looking for a strong performance from the group and we want to win the game.

“I’m told the fans are going to be there in their numbers tomorrow and every time we go to Ibrox we’re representing the fans so we want a good home win.”

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St Joseph’s Clash Live On RTV

RANGERS’ Europa League second leg against St Joseph’s is LIVE on RangersTV everywhere in the world.

Supporters with a ‘RangersTV Unlimited’ subscription will be able to watch the match live and it will also be available on pay per view within the UK and everywhere else for £9.99.

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Steven Gerrard’s men have made a strong start to the season with an opening leg win in Gibraltar along with friendly victories over Oxford Utd and Marseille.

Thursday’s match is now available to purchase HERE and will be available to view at the following website after completing purchase europa.rangers.co.uk

With demand expected to be extremely high, we encourage users to purchase the game as early as possible, and login will be available 1 hour before kick-off to enjoy the best experience.

Should you experience any problems or have any queries, please try our FAQs below and if you are still in need of help contact [email protected] via email.

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The match will be available to view at the following website europa.rangers.co.uk

Q: Can I watch the match if I live in the UK or Ireland?
A: Yes the match is available worldwide including the UK/ROI.

Q: I have a RangersTV subscription will the match be available to me?
A: The match will be available for subscribers who have RangersTV unlimited (£17.25p/m) If you have RangersTV Standard or RangersTV Plus, or you are not a subscriber, you will need to purchase the game for £9.99

Q: When will the live stream be available?
A: The stream will be accessible from 6.45pm UK time. You will not need to refresh your browser at any point once you are in. We advise to be in as early as possible to avoid extra strain on the website.

Q: Can I watch the match on my Sky/Virgin/BT set top box?
A: RangersTV is not available on these boxes and only available at http://www.rangers.co.uk/tv . However this site can be accessed on most devices such as phone, tablet, mac, laptop, PC.

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A: In our online player there is no chromecast option. However if you watch via the Google Chrome browser you can cast the whole tab using the cast icon in the top right of the window.

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We Beat Off Competition To Land Ryan Hardie From Rangers – Blackpool Boss

 

Blackpool manager Simon Grayson has revealed that the Seasiders had to fend off interest from other clubs to win the race to sign Ryan Hardie from Rangers.

The League One side have announced that the 22-year-old has signed an initial two-year contract with an option to extend it by another year, but the fee paid to Rangers has not been disclosed.

Hardie came through the Gers youth academy before making his debut for the club as a substitute in a League Cup match against Falkirk in 2014. The Scotsman also had loan spells at Raith Rovers, St. Mirren and Livingston over the past three years.

However, the youngster has been shown the way out this summer after missing out on Steven Gerrard’s plans for the upcoming season.
 

Grayson, who took in charge of the Seasiders earlier this month, has revealed that the club beat competition from other teams to land Hardie.

The club has been monitoring Ryan’s progress for some time“, Grayson told Blackpool’s official website.

Having watched plenty of footage and spoken to fellow coaches and players about him, he’s going to be a good addition who strengthens our attacking options. 
 

We’re getting him at the right age and have beaten some competition for his signature.

Hardie made 21 league appearances for Livingston on loan last season, from which he found the back of the net seven times.   
 

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Arfield relishing competition

SCOTT ARFIELD is relishing the competition in the squad as he continues his pre-season work after returning from international duty.

The midfielder believes the strength and depth in the squad can help the players to push each other.

He said: “It is great for everybody as soon as you see good players walking through a dressing room.

“If it is not your turn to get the shirt you know that the player who has got it in front of you is going to do a good job. You look at training in terms of competition and you push each other.

“Good teams have got competition all over in every position and that is what makes you successful so everyone is on the same page which is the most important thing.

“Whoever has got that shirt has to keep it and if they don’t they know that someone else wants it.

“I think in terms of the mental aspect we can really handle being Rangers players and we are up for this test.”

Arfield doesn’t think complacency will be a problem as Rangers prepare for the Europa League qualifier second-leg against St Joseph’s tomorrow night.

He added: “As the manager said it will be different players that play so you need to impress everybody.

“I think whoever is going to come into this game, it is an opportunity for them to keep the shirt and give the manager a headache so I don’t think complacency or disrespect will come into it. We are Rangers football players and fully ready for this test tomorrow.

“Obviously we respect them and we respect the opposition that we play but I think it is more about us and the players that are selected to play and hopefully we can get goals and excite people.”

The 30-year-old says European nights are a talking point with the new signings as they hope to follow last year’s progression to the group stages.

He said:

“I think it is the most talked about question in terms of the new players that have come in how good the games were and European nights so the players that were here and experienced that last season have reiterated what a magnificent time it was for us to get into these group stages.

“On other days we would have went through and progressed again but the nights are memorable and the new players are just as desperate as we were last year to bring them games back and this is the second test into this and we are ready for it.”

As one of the more experienced player in the side, Arfield says he has been passing on the same advice he got as a new player at Ibrox.

He said: “I have been saying exactly what I got told when I came in and it was can you handle it, can you handle the pressure and demand on and off the field.

“You get asked questions of you every time you go on the training pitch, every time you are off the training pitch and are you ready for your life to be like that and if you are not you are going to find it tough.

“It does take time for players to adapt to being a Rangers player but for us we need to make it as easy as possible for the new lads coming in.

“What an unbelievable opportunity for anybody playing for Glasgow Rangers at this time and you need to enjoy this experience because we are all ready to go at it.

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Supporter Information

THE Club would like to take this opportunity to communicate with supporters before Thursday’s Europa League Qualifying fixture with St Joseph’s kicking off at 19:45.

As most fans are aware, due to upgrades access to the stadium will be via paper tickets for this fixture. With the match selling very well we are expecting a large number of supporters in the stadium and we encourage supporters to allow extra time to access through the turnstiles.

Additionally, if you have to collect your ticket please arrive as early as possible at the ticket collection windows adjacent to the Ticket Centre.  We are anticipating a large number of collections and we recommend that you collect your tickets no later than two hours before kick-off.

Rangers are keen to ensure all supporters are aware of the European Competition rules regarding strict liability.  As with every match the club wishes for supporters to excel in our roles as ambassadors and promote Rangers as a modern, balanced and fair Club.  We are privileged to have the most loyal supporters in the world and are keen for our support to be celebrated for their passion for the team.  With this in mind please ensure that every supporter’s actions are appropriate for Rangers Football Club and help protect and enhance Rangers’ reputation on the European stage. Anyone in breach of our Acceptable Conduct Guidelines or Ground Regulations will receive the appropriate sanction.

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Ryan Hardie Hails Exciting Times After Joining Blackpool From Rangers

 

Former Rangers centre-forward Ryan Hardie has set his sights at helping Blackpool move up the League One ladder after signing for the Seasiders.

Blackpool announced the signing of the Scotsman from Rangers for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday,subject to international clearance.  

Hardie penned an initial two-year contract with an option to extend it by another year that could see him stay at Bloomfield Road until 2022.

The 22-year-old striker rose through the ranks of the Gers academy before having loan stints at Raith Rovers, St. Mirren and Livingston.
 

Hardie, who made his debut for Rangers as a substitute in a League Cup match against Falkirk in 2014, is moving to a club outside Scotland for the first time and hopes to help Blackpool climb up the League One table.

It’s exciting times and I’m looking forward to hopefully pushing the club up the table and seeing how far we can go“, Hardie told Blackpool’s official website.

It’s a new challenge coming down here and it’s obviously going to be different playing conditions, a different way to play and a different style of play
 

I’m looking forward to challenging myself and seeing how I deal with it.

Blackpool finished tenth in the League One last season with 62 points from 46 games, out of which they won 15, but only scored on 50 occasions.   
 

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Championship outfit in “box seat” to sign high-profile Rangers target – report

Leeds United are now said to be pole position to sign Ryan Kent after Marcelo Bielsa’s scouting mission to see the player, according to Wales Online.

The newspaper claims that Leeds United are “believed to be in the box seat” and have prioritised Kent over Harry Wilson.

It’s yet another twist in a tiresome saga which many Rangers fans are frustrated of hearing about.

Kent has been impressing in pre-season for Liverpool. (photo by David Blunsden/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Unless any Leeds United move for Ryan Kent is a permanent transfer, the report also conflicts with earlier claims that Rangers had first-option on the player over a loan move [STV].

That said, Darrell Currie claimed Liverpool weren’t interested in loaning the player out with other reports claiming any transfer fee could rise to over £12m.

The entire time Steven Gerrard has been incredibly consistent with his stance over the player’s future.

Whilst he’s acknowledged Rangers’ interest in the player, he reiterated recently that any move to Ibrox was “in Liverpool’s hands”.

The fact that Kent has featured in two of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies so far, excelling in one of them, also suggests he could have a future at Anfield.

So does the fact the winger has jetted out to the USA with Liverpool as they prepare for the season ahead.

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is said to be interested in Ryan Kent. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport/Getty Images)

There’s still a chance that Kent could turn out at Ibrox, but according to the freshest reports the influence has shifted across to Leeds United.

Does that mean that the story can finally be put to bed?

Absolutely not a chance. Expect this frustrating transfer saga to rumble on a little while longer.

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It Was A Good Challenge

STRIKER Andrew Dallas was pleased with how Rangers Development squad overcame a strong Cambridge United side in yesterday’s pre-season friendly.

Dallas scored the opening goal in the game after just nine minutes before Jamie Barjonas netted a second-half strike to seal the win.

Speaking to RangersTV after the game, he said: “They were a good physical team and we knew it was going to be a good test before the game.

“We had a couple of good results so we were confident going into the game and then we got the first goal and we took a bit of confidence from that and then got the other and we managed to hold the game out and all round I think it was a good performance.”

The striker scored after just nine minutes before missing a chance to double his tally as he diverted the ball over the bar from close range.

He said: “The goal was with my left foot, it just kind of broke to me and then luckily enough I stuck it away and then I had the chance which is going to keep me awake tonight.

“I am still happy to get the goal and at the end of the day it is about the team getting the result to take us forward into the season.

“When we were warming up and looking across you could see there were a couple of big guys but that is the challenges we are going to have to face at different points in our career they had a big guy up front and I was up against two big defenders so it’s the challenges we need to face and I felt like I done alright and played quite well and the two centre backs dealt with the big guy up front as well.”

Dallas has been enjoying pre-season so far, he added:

“It’s been good in the first couple of weeks we got quite a lot of running but now the games are starting to kick in and as soon as that happens you start to get your fitness and start to feel like you again.

“It has been a lot easier for me because I’ve been scoring a couple of goals so that always keeps me going and keeps me motivated.”

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