Rangers’ loanee Ryan Hardie returned from injury, to provide some positive news on a disappointing evening for the club.

The 21-year-old had been sidelined for several months through injury. Prior to last night, his only other SPL appearance of the season came at home to Hamilton in mid-September.

Hardie returned to action against Kilmarnock at the Tony Macaroni Arena (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Introduced in the dying stages, he had no impact on the overall result. Livingston were beaten 2-0 by a high flying Kilmarnock, who went top of the league after the win.

Yet, it was certainly a positive step forward individually for Hardie, a protege who made his debut for Rangers way back in 2014.

 

He will hope that a run of fitness will allow him to impress Gers manager Steven Gerrard, who won’t have seen much of the 6ft 2′ target man.

Gerrard’s mind will be on the defeat, but he will be monitoring Hardie’s progress (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This is Hardie’s fifth loan spell away from Ibrox and something needs to give soon.

Undoubtedly, age is still on his side. However, he is currently light years off the standard of Rangers’ main man, Alfredo Morelos. This is despite the Colombian being just one year his senior.

Fortunately, the loanee doesn’t have an out an out goalscorer to compete with at Livingston. Hopefully, after proving his fitness, he will make more of an impact over the coming months.