Ex-Glasgow Celtic, Kilmarnock and Scotland winger Davie Provan has been working for Sky Sports for many years now, and is extremely highly rated by the Scottish public, because he always seems to talk sense. 

He has slammed the Scottish Football Association for failing to release Glasgow Rangers 18-year-old striker Zak Rudden from the Scotland U19’s game against lowly San Marino, when he should have been playing for loan club Falkirk at the weekend instead.

The Sky Sports pundit is totally convinced that the 6’ 2” Ibrox forward, who is on a season-long loan with the Scottish Championship club, should not have been made to play for the nation’s Under-19s.

“Rudden should have been playing in their relegation crunch with Partick,” Provan told the Scottish Sun. “Instead, the Bairns did without him after the SFA refused to release him from the Scotland Under-19 squad facing San Marino.

“Who in their right mind at Hampden made that decision? Given the Bairns’ precarious league position and the potential financial hit from relegation, Rudden should have been playing for the people paying his wages.

“Is it any wonder there is so little goodwill towards the SFA?”

Provan’s opinion is spot on as usual. Why would anyone high up in the SFA believe an 18-year-old forward is better off playing in a very low key U19’s national match, rather than a hugely important league tie. 

Rudden has benefited enormously from playing regularly with Falkirk in the Championship this season. He has scored five goals from 10 matches, and four of them from nine league games. 

The young rising star is showing his potential in a Falkirk jersey and is doing very well in the extremely competitive Championship league.

Still only 18, Rudden has already out-grown Scotland’s Under-19s football side, where he has already earned six caps at that level. 

The boy would have been better served by playing for Falkirk against Patrick Thistle in a relegation battle rather than against a poor San Marino team.

Yet another poor move from the Scottish FA, who continuously make mistakes by their PR team. They score so many own goals that it is becoming embarrassing.

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