Glasgow Rangers have tied down Zak Rudden to a new one-year deal, the Scottish club have confirmed on their official website.
The Gers youngster spent the past season on loan in the Scottish Championship with Falkirk and impressed as he went on to score 12 goals from 31 appearances.
Rudden actually scored in Steven Gerrard’s first game at the helm of Rangers during a pre-season victory over Bury.
Tying down Rudden to a new deal is definitely a step in the right direction for the Gers. He has strong potential and could one day be good enough to play for the Rangers first-team on the regular basis.
However the Ibrox youngster still has flaws in his game and the club should look to loan him out for another season to a Scottish Premiership club ideally.
Keeping Rudden in the Rangers first-team could be damaging to his future. He is unlikely to get regular game time with the Glasgow club next season due to the presence of veteran Jermain Defoe and Alfredo Morelos.
The latter could leave the club this summer but even if this happens, Gerrard will likely look to bring in a new recognised striker.
While Defoe remains a clinical finisher, he is now in his late thirties and relying on him to lead the line on a regular basis next season could be risky for Rangers.
If Rudden succeeds on another loan spell, the Gers can look into integrating him into their first-team plans either in January or next summer.