By David Woods

15th Jun, 2018 | 7:24am

Insider: Rangers complete striker deal, player set to head out on loan

Rangers striker Ryan Hardie has signed a one-year extension, according to a club Insider.

The Four Lads Had a Dream blog, that regularly breaks Rangers news before mainstream outlets, claims that the player has been given an Ibrox lifeline after a successful loan stint at Livingston.

They add that he is set to be sent out on loan again next season, with a return to Livingston or a move to Dundee on the cards.

They put out the news on their Twitter page early on Friday morning.

Football Insider verdict:

This is great news for the young striker, who has been out on three loan deals after coming up through the youth ranks at Rangers. He played seven Premiership games for Rangers without scoring last season, but then went over to Livingston and scored eight for them in 16 games in the Championship. That helped them into the play-offs where they secured promotion to the Premiership. If he moves to one of the two mentioned clubs, that means that Hardie now has a chance to prove that he has what it takes to replicate that form in the top-flight. If he takes the chance then he could be rewarded with a shot in the Rangers team and we have no doubt that new manager Steven Gerrard will be keeping a close eye on him wherever he lands. Rangers fans seem split, with the fact that he’s come up through the youth ranks making some fans hope he gets his chance at Rangers. Others don’t think he’s good enough for the club, especially as it’s on the up under Gerrard. Hardie has the chance to prove the doubters wrong next season.

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