Glasgow Rangers coaches were delighted for 19-year-old Zak Rudden, when he opened the scoring against Turkey for the Scotland U19’s side.
He has tremendous potential to eventually make it at the Gers in a few years time, and was highly instrumental in the Scots’ 3-1 win last Wednesday.
Rangers youngster Rudden followed that up against the Cyprus U19s on Saturday by scoring a 62-minute hat trick, before being replaced in the 63rd minute, to keep him fresh for the Portugal game this Tuesday.
Rudden is currently on loan with Ray McKinnon’s Falkirk and has already netted 11 goals so far for the Championship side.
McKinnon was appointed manager in August and made Rangers man Rudden his first signing, before extending his loan deal in January to continue with his superb progress.
Steven Gerrard could attempt to move him out on loan next season to a SPFL team. He would benefit from a step up in class and further his first team experience.
With the Rangers fans excited to see some of their best homegrown talent eventually making the breakthrough at Ibrox, this maybe the best way of achieving it.
Surely it would be asking a bit too much from Rudden to push for a regular first-team spot under Gerrard next season?
What is clear to the Rangers coaches is the significant potential he is constantly showing, and one of the best young forwards at the Ibrox club.
If he can earn a place with St Mirren or Motherwell etc and he continually bangs in the goals for an SPFL club and country, he would stand a better chance to do it at Rangers.
It makes perfect sense for Rudden to continue with his extremely important development with a team like Falkirk for the time being.
Rudden is definitely benefitting from honing his trade playing at Westfield Stadium, under the guidance of Ray McKinnon who rates Zak very highly.
When Rangers sealed the loan of Jermain Defoe and with Kyle Lafferty and 29-goal Alfredo Morelos at Ibrox, Gerrard extended Rudden’s loan deal with Falkirk until the summer.