Rangers striker Zak Rudden thinks that working with Gers legend Peter Lovenkrands has been the “best thing” that has happened to him at Ibrox.
The teenage striker has worked closely with the Dane this season in the Gers’ Academy and thinks being coached by the former Rangers, Newcastle and Schalke star has improved his game “a lot.”
Rudden admits that most of his coaches in his career have played in defence or midfield – like Graeme Murty – and having someone who played further forward has helped him learn.
“It has been the best thing that has happened to me in a long time at Rangers,” Rudden said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“If you look at the coaches I have had in the past, they have been defenders or midfielders and we haven’t had more attacking players as a coach.
“So to have Peter in has benefitted me a lot and I can ask him anything about certain situations, what I have done right or wrong.”
Football Insider verdict:
Rudden has really impressed in the Academy and working with someone like Lovenkrands is sure to help him continue to improve. The Dane was a lethal finisher at times and scored a number of absolutely crucial goals over his career and can pass that on. Rudden definitely has areas to improve on as he continues making his way through the ranks and will be hoping he can catch Steven Gerrard’s eye when the Gers return for pre-season this week. The Light Blues striker enjoys a growing reputation and is one the Gers staff must surely have ear-marked for the top. With the impact Lovenkrands has had on Rudden it reinforces the decision by the Ibrox giants to bring a number of former players back to the club in a coaching capacity. The likes of Lovenkrands, Kevin Thomson, Gregory Vignal and others can really help the young players coming through take the step to the first-team.
In other Rangers transfer news, they are leading the hunt to sign an in-demand attacker from Liverpool.