Bat­tle to keep Ryan

Holt’s con­cern that loan deal will end

West Lothian Courier - - Front Page - CAL­LUM CAR­SON

Holt wants loan-star stay

Liv­ingston boss Gary Holt says he hopes to keep striker Ryan Hardie at the club for the re­main­der of the sea­son - but ad­mits he’s pow­er­less to stop Rangers tak­ing him back to Ibrox.

The on loan striker has been in stun­ning form since his re­turn from in­jury as he net­ted his fourth goal in just three Premier­ship starts in the draw away to Hibs at the week­end.

But, with the 21-year-old hav­ing spent eight months out with an an­kle in­jury, Holt be­lieves it’s best for ev­ery­one if the hit­man stays in West Loth­ian and gets reg­u­lar first team ac­tion.

He said: “We won’t be send­ing him back, it’s as sim­ple as that.

“I think Rangers will be happy that he’s play­ing games. We have to re­mem­ber that he’s been out for eight months so we’re reap­ing the ben­e­fits of hav­ing him and giv­ing him a plat­form to play.”

He added: “Ryan’s a mas­sive as­set to us. We’ve been for­tu­nate that we have had guys who can step in and do it for games, but to have a nat­u­ral goalscorer is cru­cial.

“He said the keeper made it easy for him on Satur­day. I’m think­ing it’s a great goal and he sees it as easy, that is tes­ta­ment to some­one who is a nat­u­ral num­ber nine and who thrives off scor­ing goals.

“Maybe what he does de­fen­sively for us could be a lit­tle bet­ter but he just says put the ball in front of the goal and I’ll score and I can’t re­ally ar­gue with that.”

The striker him­self ad­mits be­ing out on loan to a club in the same di­vi­sion is a strange ex­pe­ri­ence and says he just wants to play foot­ball and score goals.

He com­mented: “It’s hard be­cause Rangers are in the same league. I sup­ported them as a boy and re­ally want them to do well, but when I’m play­ing all I think about is get­ting the three points for Liv­ingston.

“I’m here un­til Jan­uary just now but there’s the op­tion to ex­tend and we’re go­ing through the process of fig­ur­ing out what’s best for me.

“I’ve just come to Liv­ingston and tried to con­cen­trate on do­ing what I do best and that’s scor­ing goals. The main aim is for me to show that I can do it in the Premier­ship and I’ve only had three starts.

“It’s im­por­tant for me to get as much game time un­der my belt as pos­si­ble. I’m here to prove my worth.”

Hopes Livi hope to keep on loan striker Ryan Hardie

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