Date: 20th May 2018 at 6:38pm
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Rangers striker Ryan Hardie saw his loan side Livingston secure promotion to the Scottish Premiership – with his goals playing a big part inhelping the Lions secure a playoff spot – but his time at Ibrox is up and he should be allowed to leave this summer.

Hardie’s Ibrox deal comes to an end in the coming days and there has been no indication that a new deal is on the table for the Scotland Under-21 international as Steven Gerrard prepares to sweep to power at the Gers.

The 21-year-old hit the net eight times in 17 appearances at the Tony Macaroni Arena although missed the playoff wins over Dundee United and Partick Thistle through injury.

The Stranraer-born striker made his first-team debut for the Gers as far back as 2014 but has failed under a succession of managers to stake a claim for a regular place in the side and at 21, his time to make his mark at Ibrox might already have passed.

With Gerrard’s imminent arrival and names like Fernando Torres linked with a move to Ibrox this summer, as well as Alfredo Morelos still being at the club and a similar age, it is hard to see any place for Hardie moving forward.

Livingston’s promotion might give him a chance to play top flight football next season in an already familiar environment but wherever Hardie ends up next season, it should not be Ibrox.

In other Rangers transfer news, the club are in hot pursuit of a 6’4″ colossus who could be signing of the season.

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