Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe has been praising former Rangers striker Ryan Hardie after he scored against Macclesfield at the weekend to bring his tally for the Pilgrims to seven since his January move.
Hardie left the Glasgow giants in the summer, signing a two-year deal at League One outfit Blackpool. However, lack of minutes under previous Seasiders boss Simon Grayson saw him move south in January on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The twenty-two-year-old hasn’t looked back since, making thirteen appearances for the League Two outfit. His opener in Plymouth’s 3-0 win over Macclesfield on Saturday making it three in three games for the Scotland Under-21 international.
Plymouth boss Ryan Lowe is delighted with how the young striker has settled in and heaped praise on the former Ger when speaking recently to Plymouth Live. He said ‘When I first spoke to Ryan I said I wanted a striker who was going to come and get me ten goals until the end of the season.’
‘At the moment, he could get it; he could bypass it.’
‘Sometimes you will get the ones (new signings) that are not right so there might be a bit of credit coming our way for it, but the credit has to go to the boy.’
‘We have seen the talent in him. 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? One hundred per cent, yeah.’
Hardie’s goals have helped Plymouth mount a challenge for automatic promotion in the second half of the campaign. They are currently third having lost only twice since Swindon left Devon with all three points on New Year’s Day.
To say Hardie is popular in Devon is an understatement.
Lowe did a fantastic piece of business in January, taking a punt on a player who’d struggled at Rangers and Blackpool.
His form may mean a permanent deal for him in the summer is out of the question, but if his goals take Argyle up, they will have a much better chance of persuading him to move permanently.
Meanwhile having seen him flourish at Plymouth, Blackpool fans will probably he hoping he hits the ground running at Bloomfield Road next season.