According to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Blackpool are chasing Rangers forward Ryan Hardie. Should an SPFL side hijack a move for Hardie?
The striker has had loan spells at Raith Rovers, St Mirren and most recently Livingston. Last season he netted seven times from 16 Premiership games, not bad considering he was injured for a good portion of the campaign.
He did go off the boil a bit for Gary Holt’s men towards the back end of last term though.
Hardie has to prove himself to SPFL and EFL clubs
After scoring five in five on his return from injury, Hardie managed just two in in nine towards the end of the campaign. The winter break seemed to derail the progress he had made prior to the league shutting down for the best part of three weeks.
There’s a decent player in Hardie, but is he Rangers quality? No, not at this stage in his career. His contract expires next Summer, and unless he has a stellar campaign, the chances of a renewal must be slim.
For him personally he should stay in the SPFL. He’ll probably be on the hunt for a permanent club next year. Staying in the SPFL with a club like Livingston, Ross County or Motherwell would put him on a platform.
Plus he’d effectively contribute to most teams in the Premiership, outwith the top five perhaps. That’s likely too much of a leap for him at this stage, but he’d be a reliable option for a smaller team.
On form he’d probably score between 10 and 15 goals a season, a decent amount for a lower mid-table side. If any teams that fit that bill are looking for a reliable targetman, Hardie’s your guy.
So should an SPFL side hijack a Blackpool move for him? Yes, for he’s a reliable young goalscorer who could become a permanent signing next year. It may even help the striker get a permanent move to England that players of his ability are usually destined for.