Rangers forward Ryan Hardie has long been tipped as a future number nine for the Ibrox giants but the club’s signings so far this month will end up proving to be the end for the 20-year-old at Ibrox.
The Scotland Under-21 international seems like he has been around for ever after making his debut under Ally McCoist in 2014 but he’s never taken that step to the next level and looks almost certain to be on his way out of the exit door at Ibrox when his contract ends in the summer.
Hardie made a goal-scoring start to his temporary move to the Tony Macaroni Arena but will need to be in phenomenal form if he is to earn an extended deal at Ibrox – and even then it probably won’t be enough.
With Alfredo Morelos banging them in – and a little over a year older than Hardie – the Stranraer-born striker really needs to make that step from being a promising young player to forcing his way into the first-team.
The January arrival of Jason Cummings – it was has seen a blitz of activity at Ibrox this month – has only pushed Hardie further down the pecking order and, if as expected, Rangers make Cummings’ signing permanent in the summer then it will only keep Hardie out the side.
Under-20’s striker Zak Rudden is also going to start being in the first-team picture before too long and in all honesty, Rudden looks like a much better prospect than Hardie – even if he is a bit rougher around the edges.
Almost four years after making his first-team debut in a League Cup win over Falkirk, Hardie has only gone on to make a further 16 appearances for Rangers and it’s pretty certain that he has already made his last.
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