Rangers’ exit from the League Cup at the weekend was largely pinned on one player. Umar Sadiq came in for the suspended Alfredo Morelos and cup-tied Kyle Lafferty. However, he failed to capitalise on his opportunity and never looked dangerous in front of goal.
The summer loan signing from Roma has largely looked ineffective when given a chance by Steven Gerrard and Rangers fans are not overly enamoured with the Nigerian.
So perhaps some loan switching in January would make sense for Rangers?
The Glasgow club should certainly consider letting Sadiq return to the Italian capital, whilst bringing Ryan Hardie back from Livingston.
The 21-year-old striker was handed a new deal at Rangers in the summer, prior to a loan return to Almondvale.
Hardie had an excellent campaign with Livi last term. He scored eight goals in 16 games, helping them to the promotion play-offs, before a knee injury ended his season. A subsequent foot injury set him back at the start of the current campaign, before making his first appearance in the top-flight against Hamilton in September.
However, he has not been used since and Hardie appears to have fallen foul of the managerial uproar at the club. He has not been in any of Livingston’s past four squads with no news of an injury. He could not have played against Rangers in their recent 1-0 win, but otherwise, his absence seems tactical.
Hardie is a talent that Rangers once had a lot of hope for and he is currently being wasted at another club.
He would be better returning to Ibrox and acting as the third-choice, instead of a loanee from another club.
Rangers would be right to bring Hardie home in January.