Huge chance awaits for Gers star to show he's the real deal
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Ryan Hardie set to lead the Livi line against resolute Hibs tomorrow

Tomorrow represents a major opportunity for young Rangers player Ryan Hardie, to prove his quality.

Since returning from a long-term injury, Hardie has been superb at adopted club, Livingston.

Hardie spent loan spells at St Mirren and Raith Rovers before joining Livi. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

He found the net on his first start of the season, before registering a superb brace last time out against Hearts. On the back of their biggest ever SPL win, Livi are a side full of confidence.

However, tomorrow brings a major challenge for the Lions and Hardie.

They travel to Easter road to face a Hibernian team who have just kept consecutive clean sheets against the Old Firm.

Hibs kept it tight at the back against Celtic, before Florian Kamberi sealed the win (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Neil Lennon’s side were well worth their win against Celtic, before surviving a second half onslaught from the Gers.

At the heart of the Hibs defence, Efe Ambrose is rediscovering his best form alongside the uncompromising Ryan Porteous.

When pitting himself against those two defenders tomorrow, Hardie will attempt to do something the league’s two top marksmen, Alfredo Morelos and Odsonne Edourard, failed to do last week. Find the Hibs net.

Porteous was lucky to escape a red, but gave it everything to secure a clean sheet. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Gary Holt yesterday declared himself helpless if Steven Gerrard opted to recall Hardie in January. Talk of that may be a little premature, but his strong displays ensure he has raised expectation levels.

Tomorrow should provide a great indication of his current level, against the league’s form defence.

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