Date: 20th June 2018 at 1:35pm
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Ranger striker Ryan Hardie has admitted that he needs to improve his “link up play” if he is to impress Steven Gerrard and become a first-team regular at Ibrox.

The 21-year-old striker spent the second-half of last season on loan at Livingston before signing a one-year extension to his Gers contract over the summer.

Hardie revealed he is doing a lot of work in the gym to improve his upper body strength as he works through an injury while Gerrard’s squad are in Spain.

Football Insider verdict:

It was a bit of a surprise to see Hardie handed a new contract over the summer and it must surely be his last chance to impress and earn a first-team spot at Ibrox. The Stranraer-born striker is still a fair bit behind Alfredo Morelos and it’s unlikely he’s going to force his way into the side at the expense of the Colombian. Another loan move could well be on the cards this season for Hardie to show what he can do and it is good to see him taking steps to improve. Picking up an injury at the tail end of last season will be a blow for him and could prove to be a setback in his hopes to prove his quality to the Gers boss. After making his first-team debut under Ally McCoist back in 2014, Hardie has never really had a consistent run in the first-team at Ibrox to show what he can do. A lot could still depend on who the Gers bring in before the end of the transfer window.

In other Rangers transfer news, Steven Gerrard has revealed the Gers ‘love’ this Ibrox star.

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