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Rangers should give Ryan Hardie a chance and not sign Jason Cummings

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Rangers should give Ryan Hardie a chance and not sign Jason Cummings

The 21-year-old striker is in great form at Livingston on loan from Ibrox, but deserves a Rangers chance in Glasgow.

Rangers snapped up a new striker in the winter transfer window, finally getting their hands on Jason Cummings. The former Hibernian striker had struggled to find his best form at Nottingham Forest and could not get into the first-team at the City Ground.

Since the move to Ibrox the striker has found the net four times in three games in the cup competitions but has been far less prolific in the league. Cummings has scored just once and has struggled to find first-team football ahead of Colombian striker Alfredo Morelos.

AlfredoGLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 04: Alfredo Morelos of Rangers leans against the goal post during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Rangers and Falkirk at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

This summer Rangers have an option to buy Cummings and his mixed form has certainly led to some debate regarding a permanent acquisition.

On the one hand, Rangers know that Cummings can be a fearsome striker in Scottish football. On the other, he has not exactly proven that this season.

Another factor that Rangers should take into consideration is one of the club’s young talents currently away on loan.

Rangers sent Ryan Hardie out on another temporary spell in the winter as he headed to Championship side Livingston.

The move has been a massive success story. The 21-year-old forward has scored seven goals in 10 league games for the Lions and helping them into a serious promotion battle.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MARCH 11: Jason Cummings of Rangers reacts after a miss near the end of the match during the Rangers v Celtic Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Stadium on March 11, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The manner of some of his goals have also been exquisite and, after success on previous loan spells at St Mirren and Raith Rovers, Rangers are surely starting to think about him as a regular first-team player.

Keeping Cummings at Ibrox may just become a blockage to Hardie’s pathway. The youngster has shown his improvement in devastating form with his loan club and Rangers should definitely consider giving him a chance next season.

There might be room for both Hardie and Cummings in the first-team squad, but in all respect to Cummings, the young striker will wonder why he is not getting the push instead of Rangers signing direct competition.

Next season could easily be the campaign that Hardie comes of age for Rangers. Having Cummings around might not be necessary.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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