RYAN HARDIE reckons a loan switch to Livingston has helped bring out the best of him in recent weeks.

The striker has made the most of his chance to impress for David Hopkins’ side as he has netted five goals in seven games to fire the Lions into promotion contention.

Hardie and Hopkins picked up the Championship Player and Manager of the Month awards on Monday after an impressive recent run.

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The move along the M8 has certainly paid off for the Scotland Under-21 forward as he has got back on the park and back amongst the goals.

And he is determined to continue doing what he does best as he puts his future with Rangers to one side ahead of the final few weeks of the campaign.

Hardie said: “The manager said as soon as I came: ‘all I want you to do is do what you’re good at and help you make what you're good at better’.

“I think that’s been a big factor, I’ve been trying to change my game for years and do other things that I’m not so good at.

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“I’m still looking to improve but I’m concentrating more on my game, which is getting in behind and scoring goals.

“The other side of the game is linking up and bringing others in to play.

“It gives you a lot more confidence within yourself that you can go and do what you think is right and the manager is 100 per cent behind you. It’s great and I’m loving it here as well.

“This is the last few months of my deal so hopefully coming here I can either prove myself to get another contract at Rangers or it opens other options, so I just need to see what happens.

“There’s things going on behind the scenes but I just concentrate on doing what I’m doing at the minute.”