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Ryan Hardie is out of contract with Rangers in the summer

Czech Republic's Alex Kral (R) vies with Scotland's forward Ryan Hardie during the Under 21 international football third place match Czech Republic vs Scotland at the de Lattre-de-Tassigny...

Pedro Caixinha needs to introduce Ryan Hardie into Glasgow Rangers' first-team affairs at Ibrox.

Ryan Hardie of St Mirren misses a fine chance during the match beTFRED Cup Group Stage match between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

There are a number of Rangers players whose contract expires next summer. The group is a mixture of young forgotten talents like David Bates and hardened veterans like Kenny Miller.

But one of the most striking names on the list is Ryan Hardie and losing such a talented player for free would be nigh-on criminal.

Czech Republic's Alex Kral (R) vies with Scotland's forward Ryan Hardie during the Under 21 international football third place match Czech Republic vs Scotland at the de Lattre-de-Tassigny...

Gers manager Pedro Caixinha promised him chances in the summer (as reported by The Daily Record) but he is yet to start a game this season, despite doing all the right things in the youth teams.

Hardie outshone banished Miller for Rangers Under-20 side earlier this week by scoring a hat-trick against Brentford reserves. Okay it's not Barcelona but he can only score who he is pitted against and the 20-year-old is doing just that.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Scotland U-21 hitman has a profile in the lower divisions in Scotland thanks to two decent loan stints at Raith Rovers and one at St Mirren and he is certain to have offers of a pre-contract agreement from other sides in the coming months.

If Caixinha doesn't live up to his word and give him opportunities then Rangers risk losing a very decent talent.

The brilliant Alfredo Morelos is one of two strikers - along with Eduardo Herrera, who is not so good - ahead of him in the pecking order but Miller's demotion opens up room for a promotion and it should be Hardie's.

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