Rangers striker Ryan Hardie joined Livingston on loan until the end of the season earlier this week and the striker now faces a race against the clock to save his Ibrox career.
Hardie’s Gers contract is up at the end of the season and the Scotland Under-21 striker looks further away from the first-team than he has at any point since first breaking through under Ally McCoist.
The 20-year-old has had numerous spells on loan away from Ibrox bur has never kicked on and returned looking like threatening for a regular first-team place.
Incredibly, despite only being 20, Hardie has been in and around the first-team squad under four different Rangers managers since making his debut.
The Stranraer-born forward joins another Rangers prospect who is out of contract in the summer at Livingston in Jordan Thompson and both players look as though they will be looking for a new club at the end of the season.
With a host of promising young players on the fringes of the starting XI, Hardie is no longer the top prospect he once was in the Gers’ Academy and it might end up best for both sides to go their separate ways.
Hardie has scored twice in 17 appearances for the first-team and had loan spells at Raith Rovers and St. Mirren.
In other Rangers news, there have been discussions held about the Gers’ hunt to sign this international playmaker from the Premier League.
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