Former Rangers star Lee McCulloch believes Steven Gerrard should consider recalling striker Ryan Hardie from his loan spell at Livingston.

Hardie moved to Livingston in the summer on a season-long loan spell, but missed a chunk of games in the first three months due to a knee injury.

The 21-year old returned to action for Livingston in early December and has managed to score three goals in as many games so far in December.

Hardie showed good promise in Livingston’s last outing against Hearts as he scored twice to help his side to a 5-0 win on Friday.

Rangers have options up top, but have looked light when Alfredo Morelos has missed out. 

McCulloch believes that Hardie might be a useful option for Gerrard to have and would offer something different to the Rangers attack.

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“I am a fan of Ryan Hardie.

"He’s a guy I know really well, who is doing well at Livingston again after a lengthy lay-off and he has played in the first-team before”, McCulloch wrote in his column for the Evening Times.

“I’m not saying he would be the answer to all the goalscoring problems, but he is something different in that he just wants to run in behind defenders.

“As you saw against Hearts, when you have a player like that who can also finish, it can be devastating, so I wouldn’t rule out Gerrard recalling him to even go in as a fourth option after bringing in somebody fresh too."

Hardie has featured 17 times for Rangers in his career and has scored twice in the process.