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Rangers Under-20’s striker Zak Rudden has praised his team-mates after netting a hat-trick in the Gers’ 4-1 win over Greek giants AEK Athens at Ravenscraig on Tuesday afternoon.

The 18-year-old Scotland youth international was joined on the scoresheet by Stephen Kelly as the Light Blues won the latest in the Games Programme which has seen the Gers’ Under-20’s face the likes of Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Feyenoord.

Rudden said it was “good” to be back among the goals as he praised his “brilliant” team-mates on social media.

“Great 4-1 win the day against AEK Athens boys were brilliant!! Good to be back on the scoresheet with a hatrick today,” Rudden said on his personal Twitter account.

Rudden has been a stand-out for the Under-20’s over the last two seasons and his hat-trick against the Greeks is the latest in a string of impressive performances for club and country.

The powerful striker will be hoping to catch manager Graeme Murty’s eye and follow the likes of Ross McCrorie, Aidan Wilson and Jamie Barjonas into his first-team squad.

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Football Insider verdict:

Rudden has a huge amount of potential and it’s no surprise to see him fire a hat-trick against the Greeks after regularly seeing him hit the net for the Under-20’s last season. At only 18, Rudden has been rushed through the age groups and has a fantastic chance to take pointers from talented strikers like Jason Cummings, Kenny Miller and Alfredo Morelos. The Gers’ Games Programme looks to have been a huge success and helped the Light Blues’ youngsters challenge themselves against some of the best sides on the continent.

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