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Rangers boss Steven Gerrard considers recalling Ryan Hardie from Livingston loan spell

Livingston's Ryan Hardie (SNS Group / Bruce White)
Livingston's Ryan Hardie (SNS Group / Bruce White)

STEVEN GERRARD is considering recalling Ryan Hardie from Livingston during the January transfer window.

But the in-form 21-year-old will only return to Rangers if they fail to sign an experienced striker.

Hardie has been hitting the net regularly since returning from a long injury lay-off.

He expects to stay with Livi for the remainder of the season, but he remains in Gerrard’s thoughts as he looks to bolster his forward line at the mid-point of the season.

The Rangers boss said: “It’s a possibility that we might recall Ryan in January.

“It’s one that we’re discussing in-house at the moment, but haven’t made a final decision on just yet.

“What it will depend on is if we’re able to add someone to the squad.

“If we do that, we’ll probably leave Ryan where he is.

“But if we can’t make that happen, it’s an option for us.

“He’s a player I like. I haven’t seen too much of him because Ryan has had a lot of injuries at Rangers.

“But I’ve been really impressed with him when watching his recent performances for Livingston.

“We won’t bring Ryan back not to use him, from a selfish point of view.

“I’ve got respect for the player and his development.

“And I know he’s enjoying his football at Livingston.

“If the decision is to bring him back, it would only be with an eye to using him for Rangers.”

Meanwhile, midfielder Lassana Coulibaly would like to join the Light Blues on a permanent basis.

The 22-year-old is currently at the club on a season-long loan from French outfit, Angers.

He said: “Of course, I would like to stay at Rangers, but I need to respect the contract that I have with Angers.

“Now if Rangers want me, then they have to buy me.

“If I am here next season, I will be happy.

“It’s good to hear if the manager wants to keep me. I feel like I am at home.

“I don’t feel like I am here on loan.

“I feel like I am playing like I’m a Rangers player.

“I love Glasgow as a city. Sometimes the weather is different to what I was used to – but I still like it!”