By Wayne Veysey
Rangers are pressing ahead with plans to send Ryan Hardie on loan to an English club this summer after his move to Blackpool collapsed, Football Insider understands.
The striker was poised to join the English League One outfit for the 2019-20 season after an agreement was reached between the two clubs.
But the move has fallen through after Terry McPhillips resigned as manager at Blackpool at the end of last week after one season in charge.
Nevertheless, Ibrox sources have told Football Insider that Rangers are confident of securing Hardie a new club south of the border before the transfer window shuts next month.
Steven Gerrard and the club hierarchy are convinced a loan spell in England will provide the next stage in the development of Hardie’s career and hope he can fare as well as Greg Docherty at Shrewsbury Town last season.
Rangers believe a League One club in England is the right level for Hardie, 22, who has demonstrated his potential during the last 18 months on loan at Livingston.
He first helped the Lions to promotion to the top flight before playing his part in preserving their Premiership place.
Hardie scored an impressive seven goals from just 16 SPL matches last season, and has netted regularly at Livingston as we well as at Raith Rovers on loan.
Rangers have overhauled their attack for next season through summer recruitment, with Sheyi Ojo joining on loan from Liverpool, Jordan Jones from Kilmarnock and Jake Hastie from Motherwell.
The Light Blues are also well placed to re-sign Ryan Kent on loan from Liverpool after fresh talks this week moved the clubs towards an agreement.
In other Rangers news, it can be REVEALED that the club are in pole position to sign a player tipped to ‘be worth £20million next year’.