Journalist, Alan Nixon, has provided an update on the future of Ryan Hardie via Twitter.
The 22-year-old striker spent last season on loan at Livingston. He had a remarkable December, netting five times in five matches, including an eye-catching brace against Hearts.
However, after returning to Livi for the second half of the season, his form dropped off. It seems that’s affected his stock with Rangers too, as he didn’t travel with the first team squad to the Algarve training camp.
Now, he could be on his way to the EFL. Nixon, a well known Sun journalist, claims Blackpool want a target man and have made a move for Hardie.
Blackpool. Trying to close a deal for Rangers striker Ryan Hardie. Tall front man they want.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 1, 2019
It’s unclear whether or not the third tier outfit are looking for a loan or a permanent transfer.
With just one year left on his Ibrox contract, a season-long loan deal would see him likely leave Ibrox for free next summer.
If the club sells Hardie now though, they should land some sort of fee. He’s is currently valued at £225k by Transfermarkt and has undoubted potential if given the opportunity to play first-team football.
As a boyhood Ger and a player who’s been attached to the club from a young age, it would be a shame to see him leave without a fair crack.
However, if the former Scottish youth international can no longer see a pathway to the Gers first team, perhaps a move will be the best thing for him.