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Ryan Hardie’s recall throws Kyle Lafferty’s Rangers future into major doubt

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Ryan Hardie’s recall throws Kyle Lafferty’s Rangers future into major doubt

Ryan Hardie has been recalled from his loan.

Going into the January transfer window, Rangers were hoping to sign at least one new striker.

Alfredo Morelos has been leading the way for Rangers with 14 goals but his back-up strikers have struggled.

Kyle Lafferty has only netted four times since his summer switch from Hearts and has not found the net since September.

And now the 31-year-old’s future might be in doubt after Rangers added two new strikers to their squad.

Jermain Defoe has joined the Gers on an 18 month loan from Bournemouth.

 

The 36-year-old is Steven Gerrard’s former England team-mate and he has a good track record of scoring goals.

And Gerrard has followed this up by recalling a young striker from his loan spell.

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According to The Daily Record, Ryan Hardie is back with the Rangers squad and has flown out for their winter training camp in Tenerife.

The 21-year-old had been on loan at Scottish Premiership side Livingston, scoring five times in seven games.

Livingston wanted to keep the 6ft 2in striker but Gerrard seems to have a place for him in his squad.

The Scotland under-21 international’s recall, coupled with Defoe’s arrival, could be bad news for Lafferty.

Gerrard might be sending a message to the misfiring Northern Ireland international, who has struggled lately.

Lafferty might have a major decision to make on his future this month if Hardie and Defoe overtake him in the pecking order.

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