On-loan Rangers forward Ryan Hardie has revealed there are “things going on behind the scenes” regarding his future at Ibrox after the in-form 20-year-old was named SPFL Championship player of the month.
Hardie has been tearing up the Championship while on loan, hitting the net four times for Livingston last month to help the Lions to second-place in the league before picking up the monthly award.
The Scotland Under-21 striker’s Ibrox contract expires at the end of the season and Hardie has admitted that there’s the possibility he will leave to pursue new ventures.
“This is the last few months of my deal so hopefully coming here I can either prove myself to get another contract at Rangers or it opens other options, so I just need to see what happens,” Hardie said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“There’s things going on behind the scenes but I just concentrate on doing what I’m doing at the minute.”
Hardie has struggled to make the breakthrough at Ibrox and force his way into a regular place in the starting XI.
The Stranraer-born youngster has had spells on loan with Raith Rovers and St. Mirren before his January move to the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Hardie has made 17 appearances for the Gers first-team since making his debut under Ally McCoist.
Football Insider verdict:
Getting Hardie tied down to an extended contract would be a no-brainer for the Gers – even if only for 12 months – to give the striker a chance to prove he can cut it at Ibrox. With the Gers likely to see a much-changed forward line next season with Alfredo Morelos, Eduardo Herrera and Kenny Miller’s Ibrox futures all unclear. Hardie has scored regularly while out on loan and shown an eye for goal. While plenty have done it elsewhere then struggled when they are in a Rangers shirt, Hardie has earned the opportunity to show what he can do at Ibrox.
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