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Plymouth Argyle sign former Glasgow Rangers striker Ryan Hardie from Blackpool

Plymouth Argyle have completed the signing of 6ft 2in Blackpool striker Ryan Hardie on loan until the top of the season.

The 22-year-old is about to satisfy up with the Pilgrims’ squad tomorrow, once they will use the training facilities at Wigan Athletic.

Argyle are going to be completing their preparations there before playing away to Carlisle United united Two on Saturday.

Hardie signed for League One outfit Blackpool from Glasgow Rangers for an undisclosed fee last summer.

He agreed a two-year contract with the Seasiders, with an option for an extra 12 months, but has had only limited varsity action.

Hardie has made a complete of seven starts and five substitute appearances this season, and scored one goal.

That came during a 5-1 home win against Morecambe during a Leasing.com Trophy group game at the beginning of September.

His last appearance for Blackpool also came therein competition, once they lost 3-1 reception to Scunthorpe United in late November.

Hardie, who has played for Scotland from under-16 to under-21 level, was loaned to Livingston by Rangers last term.

He made a complete of 14 starts and eight substitute appearances, and scored seven goals.

Argyle manager Ryan Lowe may be a good friend of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard so is certain to possess got an honest insight from him about his second signing of the January transfer window.

Hardie was also at Rangers with striker Zak Rudden, who has been on loan to Argyle from the Glasgow giants since August but whose deal is soon set to expire.

The striker had his debut for Rangers during a 3-1 Scottish League Cup away win against Falkirk in September 2014, aged 17.

He went on to form a complete of 5 starts and 15 substitute appearances for the club and scored five goals.

Hardie’s signing by Argyle has come on an equivalent day that another forward, Billy Clarke, left the club and completed a move to Ian Holloway’s Grimsby Town.

Blackpool chief executive Ben Mansford told his club’s official website: “We feel that this is often a perfect opportunity for Ryan to travel out and obtain a uniform run of games under his belt.

He has been an excellent professional and that we will now be monitoring his progress closely before his return to the club within the summer.”

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Two errors that Plymouth football have made in 2019

It is hard for every hierarchy working within football to run a football club while trying to keep everybody happy. Home Park, the home of Plymouth Argyle, is not an exception as the Pilgrims have suffered relegation from League One and had to change managers halfway through the year when they attempt to get back up to the third tier.

Although the club is fairly well run off the pitch, questions are still asked by supporters about the mistakes that the club has made over 2019, and here are two errors that Plymouth have made in 2019…

Not backing Adams more in January

Former manager Derek Adams left his role at Plymouth upon relegation in April, but the board didn’t back him enough during the January transfer window to try and get more high-quality players in to prevent relegation.

Adams has proven before that he is a manager that is more than capable of getting the best out of the squad at his disposal, but he would have needed the right backing to help turn Plymouth’s season around and pull them away from a relegation scrap.

During January, Threlkeld signed on a permanent, with Lloyd Jones coming in on a loan from Luton Town and Paul Anderson was signed on a free in February.

If Adams had been given some more budget to play with, then he could have signed one or two more players who could have made more of a difference at Home Park during the second half of the campaign.

None of the trio failed to make any real impact upon the fortunes of Plymouth, and all three departed the club at the end of the season.

Re-signing Oscar Threlkeld

The versatile Threlkeld returned to Plymouth in January from Belgium club Waasland-Beveren for a loan fee on a six-month contract, before being released by his parent club.

He made 12 appearances during his time back at Home Park, scoring one goal, as he started seven times during his few months back in England.

Plymouth may have realized after the season that they could have used their money on another player, including wages, who would have been around long-term to try and keep a continuity effect with the squad at Home Park, with relegation staring them in the face.

Signing Threlkeld may have got the supporters on side, however it also came at a cost of having to spend money on a player who was only going to be sticking around for less than a year.