Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe thinks Scotland boss Steve Clarke is keeping tabs on Pilgrims striker Ryan Hardie after the Scottish striker hit his tenth goal in fifteen games this season.
As players return to their clubs after the international break, Lowe admits he was surprised he didn’t receive a call about Hardie with the former Scotland under-21 striker the top goalscorer in England’s top four divisions so far this season.
“I was surprised he didn’t get a call-up for Scotland to be dead honest with you,” Lowe told the BBC.
“I was expecting a call just because he’s scoring goals”
“I’m not sitting here telling Steve Clarke what to do by any stretch of the imagination, but you’ve got a leading goalscorer in the country at the moment and he’s your player.”
“I’m sure Steve’s monitoring him and watching him, because who wouldn’t?”
The former Rangers, Livingston, Raith Rovers, St Mirren and Blackpool striker admits his main focus is scoring goals for the Pilgrims, setting himself a target of 20 and then seeing where it takes him.
With Ryan Christie and Lyndon Dykes both missing through suspension when Scotland face Moldova next month, it could be an opportunity for Clarke to try some fresh faces and bolster his attacking options for the must-win game.
Hardie though just wants to keep scoring and confessed that his manager’s praise made him “feel a bit better” as his impressive start to the season continues.
“When he says things like that he’s got the ultimate respect for you and he’s happy with the way you’re playing, which makes me feel a bit better,” Hardie added.
“Internationals are where you want to be as a football player, but as I said to him – we had a chat about it – I’ve only scored 10 goals, it’s only a start, I want to go and get 20 and see where that takes me.
“I don’t want to stop at 10 and say I should be in it, I want to just keep going and see where it takes me.”
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