Ryan Hardie joined the Rangers squad as they headed for Spain after completing his loan at Livingston – but with only six months left on his contract he will need to impress if he is to remain at Ibrox long-term.

The striker spent the first half of the campaign at the Tony Macaroni Arena but rejoined his Gers team-mates for the trip to Tenerife on Monday.

(Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

After winning a year-long extension last year, Hardie will know exactly the position he finds himself in.

Five goals in seven Premiership games for Livi has won him a recall and he’ll need to replicate that for Rangers to win a new deal.

 

With Jermain Defoe’s arrival, Hardie will find game-time harder to come by with Defoe, Alfredo Morelos and Kyle Lafferty ahead of him.

Czech Republic's Alex Kral (R) vies with Scotland's forward Ryan Hardie during the Under 21 international football third place match Czech Republic vs Scotland at the de Lattre-de-Tassigny stadium in Aubagne, southern France, on June 10, 2017 during the 45th Toulon Tournament "Festival international Espoirs". / AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

(Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Hardie could still go out on loan but it wouldn’t bode well for his Gers future if he does go back out.

Want to have your say?

Join our Rangers forum now!

The Scotland Under-21 international is a clinical finisher and would take some of the pressure off Morelos to fire the Gers to the title.

(Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Gerrard used the trip to take a proper look at Hardie and make a final decision on his future.

The ball is in Hardie’s court now though and it’s up to him to prove that he can deliver for Rangers.