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Rangers striker deal in the offing as reports of a potential departure emerge

Rangers supporters have been somewhat downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side’s four-match winning streak in the Scottish Premiership come to an abrupt end with defeat at home to St Johnstone on Saturday.

Graeme Murty’s men had steadied the ship with two victories over Aberdeen as well as successes over Ross County and Hibernian, but they were comfortably second-best against the Saints at Ibrox last weekend. The Gers did take the lead through Alfredo Morales, but that was as good as it got for the home faithful as goals from Blair Alston, Denny Johnstone, and Graham Cummins secured a deserved win for Tommy Wright’s side, who in turn moved up to sixth in the Scottish Premiership table, while Rangers slipped to third.

Thus, there have been many despondent Gers fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Scottish Sun, which suggests that striker Ryan Hardie could be on the verge of moving to Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

The 20-year-old came up through the youth ranks at Ibrox and has since gone on to appear 16 times for the club in all competitions, bagging two goals in the process.

But with just six Scottish Premiership appearances this term, none of which from the start, the Scotland Under-21 international is clearly struggling to convince boss Murty of his capabilities, and it seems that his future could be away from Glasgow as reports suggest that a move to QPR could be in the offing, to link up with their Under-23 side.

And with first team opportunities likely to remain few and far between in 2018, it’s a move which may be in the best interests of the 20-year-old forward.

Landlord’s verdict: Things have certainly settled down at Rangers in the last few weeks, although their 3-1 defeat to St Johnstone last weekend further highlights that reinforcements are needed in January at Ibrox.

However, one man could be on his way out of the Scottish giants next month, namely Ryan Hardie, who has reportedly been linked with a move to Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

And with just six substitute appearances in the Scottish Premiership this term, and four games without taking to the field, it’s a move which could serve the 20-year-old well in his career development.

Rangers fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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