WHILE happy to see some first-team action, Ryan Hardie admits he’s as down as everyone else following today’s stalemate with Hearts.

The 20 year-old striker was thrown into the action by Pedro Caixinha as a replacement for Graham Dorrans, and had a couple of half chances to perhaps win the game.

And, with the three points going amiss, Hardie admits any thoughts of personal pride mean little to him.

He explained to RangersTV: “I am here to try and get my chance at first-team level, and when it came, I did my best I could to score.

“The result overshadows everything though on a personal note. We were there to try and get the three points so it’s mixed with disappointment.

“The manager knows what I do is score goals, so it was good for me to know he wanted to rely on me to go on and try and get a goal for the team.

“Obviously, everyone is a bit down, but it’s early doors in the season and if we keep turning in performances like that, then I’m sure the goals will come. We just need to keep improving every week and in training and I’m sure we’ll start winning games.”

While on the field, Hardie was clattered into by Hearts captain Christophe Berra and collided with the advertising hoardings, suffering a nasty looking injury.

He continued: “Unfortunately I think I might have broken my thumb when I hit into the advertising boards. I’ll elevate it tonight and see how it is tomorrow.”

On a personal note finally, Hardie explained how much he is learning from Kenny Miller and the influence Caixinha is having on him.

He added: “So far this season, it’s been brilliant. The manager has done really well for me and is doing a good job with the players.

“I’m getting involved, which is great and I’m really happy with that. I want to stay involved with the first-team and when I need to play with the 20s, then I’ll do what I need to do to make sure I stay up with the first team.

“In the first team, it’s brilliant to have Kenny and he’s one everyone needs to try and learn from. In training, he puts the most in and is a great role model.”

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