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Rangers loanee Zak Rudden splits opinion after controversial handball

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Rangers loanee Zak Rudden splits opinion after controversial handball

Zak Rudden also scored his first league goal on the night.

Rangers youngster Zak Rudden incurred the wrath of Leyton Orient fans but was lionised by Plymouth Argyle fans after his midweek antics.

Plymouth beat Leyton Orient 4-0 at Home Park but the opening goal was shrouded in controversy. Rudden was at the centre of this storm for his blatant handball in the build-up to the goal.

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O’s goalkeeper Dean Brill made a save to keep Plymouth at bay but it looped to Rudden, who was unmarked in front of an open goal and less than six yards out. Somehow, the Scotland youth striker mistimed his jump and ended up punching the ball goalwards rather than using his head.

Brill recovered to make a stop on the line from Rudden’s handball attempt but Joel Grant smashed in the rebound. This set Plymouth on the path to a crushing victory over in-form Leyton Orient.

Soon after the controversial opener, Rudden doubled Plymouth’s lead. It was the 19-year-old’s second goal since joining the Pilgrims on loan from Rangers and his first in the league.

But Leyton Orient fans were less than impressed. Here are some accusing Rudden of being a cheat and some Plymouth fans jumping to his defence.


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