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Mikey Johnston revelation should see Steven Gerrard consider recalling in-form Ryan Hardie

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Mikey Johnston revelation should see Steven Gerrard consider recalling in-form Ryan Hardie

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard needs more striking options at Ibrox.

The form of Mikey Johnston at Celtic must have Rangers wondering if they are making a mistake with one of their talented players. The young striker has taken the bull by the horns recently, scoring three goals in two games for Celtic in their striker shortage.

So should Rangers have been affording a similar chance to Ryan Hardie this season?

The young Ibrox talent showcased his potential talent during a loan spell at Livingston last season. This term, he was again allowed to join the club on a temporary deal.

After suffering from a knee injury at the start of the campaign the striker has been in fine form recently.

ATTARD, MALTA – MAY 18: Ryan Hardie (R) of Scotland is challenged by Hidde ter Avest (L) of Netherlands during the UEFA Under17 European Championship 2014 semi final match between Netherlands and Scotland at Ta’ Qali National Stadium on May 18, 2014 in Attard, Malta. (Photo by Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old spent has scored four goals in his last three games for the club, including a crucial strike against Hibernian at the weekend.

 

Such a record is certainly enviable for Rangers. Other than Alfredo Morelos, the other options at Ibrox have failed to add goalscoring clout to Steven Gerrard’s team.

The Livingston boss Gary Holt has been discussing his future recently, suggesting Rangers should not recall the player.


“It’s four goals in three games and he is playing games. We won’t be sending him back.”

– Gary Holt on Ryan Hardie 


But if Rangers want a cost-effective alternative to Morelos, then Hardie is the obvious option.

On the other hand, he is just coming back from injury and stable regular football at Livi could prove highly beneficial to the player.

Steven Gerrard, however, must be considering a recall for the in-form striker.

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