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Zak Rudden is already becoming a Rangers fan favourite

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Zak Rudden is already becoming a Rangers fan favourite

Steven Gerrard decided the Rangers youngster should remain loaned out from Ibrox for the rest of the season.

Rangers striker Zak Rudden has been in the news this week. It came after the talented striker was sent to Falkirk on his second loan spell at the club this season. His deal with the club had expired at the start of this month but Steven Gerrard decided it was best he remained at Falkirk Stadium until the end of the campaign.

Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon is clearly a big fan. Speaking in the press he stated how he saw a first-team Rangers future for Rudden. He went as far as to make an Ally McCoist comparison.


“I absolutely can see Zak as a Rangers first-team player. He’s scored eight goals with a team that has been bottom all season.

“Imagine him playing for Rangers in a couple of years with people setting up chances for him.

“He is a goalscorer, he needs to be in that six-yard box, like an Ally McCoist type. He just sniffs out goals.”

– Falkirk boss Ray McKinnon on Zak Rudden’s future


Of course, getting to a stage where he can score 369 goals for the Ibrox side, as McCoist did, will not be easy.

 

But in recent weeks he has certainly done something that will immediately enamour him to Rangers fans. He has been scoring past Celtic goalkeepers.

Yesterday saw Falkirk draw 1-1 with Partick Thistle. Rudden scored their only goal if the game. The 18-year-old scored a 76th-minute equaliser beyond Northern Ireland and Celtic youth talent Conor Hazard. He is currently on loan at the Energy Check Stadium from Parkhead.

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 11: Rangers player Ally McCoist celebrates after Rangers had beaten St Mirren 4-0, to claim the 1991/92 Scottish Premier Divison title at Ibrox on April 18, 1992 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images)

It comes just one week after he scored the winning goal against Ayr United. Their goalkeeper is Ross Doohan, also a Celtic loanee.

Rangers fans will no doubt be excited about the teenager, who has now scored nine goals in 17 games for The Bairns.

If he goes on to have a future scoring past Celtic goalkeepers but in a Rangers shirt, then that might make him as a big an Ibrox hero as McCoist once was.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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