RANGERS are pleased to announce Ryan Hardie has agreed a one-year extension to his current contract, keeping him at Ibrox until the summer of 2020.
The 21 year-old will head back out on-loan for the rest of the season to Livingston, with whom he has played seven times so far. He has scored five goals – with all five strikes coming in his last five matches – and will return to Rangers in the summer.
Hardie, a product of the Rangers Academy, spent time with the first-team on their recent winter training trip to Tenerife with that being his first opportunity to impress manager Steven Gerrard first-hand. Hardie was injured when the manager arrived at the club last summer.
He is thrilled to have secured the extension and is now looking forward to a future at Ibrox.
Hardie explained: “I’m absolutely delighted. Obviously the first time I was involved this season was the trip to Tenerife, and I was over the moon with that chance to go and show what I can do as it was the first time I had been away with the manager.
“When he came in at first, I was injured and I only got playing again at the start of December, so that trip was a chance to show the gaffer what I was about.
“He would have seen what I was like from afar, but he just wanted to have a look at me and assess me with a view to next year. Thankfully I have done enough to secure another contract and I am looking forward to kicking on.”
Hardie will now head across the M8 to continue to help Livingston in the Ladbrokes Premiership, with them currently in seventh place.
He paid tribute to boss Gerrard for allowing him to go back on-loan as he seeks to continue to impress at the top level of Scottish football.
He added: “I have loved it so far and it is my first experience of starting games in the Premiership and I’ve managed to get five goals in five games.
“So I am looking forward to going there again, scoring more goals and proving I can do it at this level. A lot of thanks has to go to the gaffer for allowing me to do so – he could easily have kept me in the building and I would not have got as much game-time as I would have wanted.
“It’s great he has realised that and wants me to play another six months of football and get regular game-time so I can come back here next season with a fresh view to playing for Rangers.”