Rangers loanee Ryan Hardie, has whipped up quite a storm in recent weeks.
Now recovered from a long-term injury, he has returned to great effect up front for adopted club, Livingston.
He scored on his first start against St Mirren, before netting two in a 5-0 mauling of Hearts.
Gary Holt, the Livi boss, is pleased with his impact. However, speaking to STV, he admitted he is aware of speculation that the striker could return to Rangers earlier than planned.
Yet, he is hopeful that the Gers won’t recall their man before the summer.
“I’d like to say no. We’re delighted with Ryan, but he has been out for eight months and only started two of the last three games.”
“He’s still getting up to speed”, Holt explained.
Ultimately, though, he knows that because of the nature of the loan deal, it isn’t up to him.
“We can do nothing about it. We’ll enjoy him whilst he’s here, however long that may be.”
Clearly, the Livi manager is a realist.
With Hardie contracted at Ibrox, the ball is firmly in Rangers’ court for all decisions concerning their striker.
However, any termination of the loan would seem hasty. The main thing right now is for the 21-year-old to play regularly and gain valuable experience.
After such a long time out, the last thing he needs is a spell on the bench.
Therefore, only in the case of injuries and failure in the transfer window, should Rangers recall their man.