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Why has Ryan Hardie's return not yet been officially announced?

Yesterday, it was reported that there was a surprise addition to the Rangers squad travelling to Tenerife.
Ryan Hardie.
The 21-year-old striker has been on loan at Livingston since the beginning of the season. After recovering from injury, he’s been banging them in.

Hardie has bagged five in five starts in Livi colours this season. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Yet, although he travelled to Tenerife with Rangers and was pictured by the Daily Record, as yet, there has been no official announcement on his return.
The youngster was also conspicuously absent from pictures on The Gers’ social media accounts.

Why no update from Rangers?

It’s possible that there has simply been a delay in communications. Steven Davis’ arrival took up the bulk of the coverage yesterday and they simply may not have got round to Hardie yet.

Northern Ireland captain, Davis, joined up with the Rangers squad yesterday. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

However, there’s a chance it suggests more than that.

Perhaps, the short camp in Tenerife is an opportunity for Gerrard to see more of Hardie at close quarters, before making a final decision on the player.
Personally, I felt the only scenario that would see him come back this month, would be if the Gers failed in the transfer window.
With the signing of Jermain Defoe, that clearly isn’t the case.

Defoe is a marquee signing. (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Although, ultimately, the title race must take priority, Hardie has enjoyed a great spell at Livingston. He gets regular game time as the side’s main striker and has clearly benefitted from the responsibility.
It would seem bizarre not to extend that experience, for him to only play a bit part role back at Rangers.
Make no mistake, should he return to Ibrox, he will be third choice, at best.
I’m not sure that’s a scenario that much benefits anyone, in the long run.

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