Rangers Under-20 striker Zak Rudden hit a hat-trick against Greek side AEK Athens at Ravenscraig on Tuesday in the latest game in the Gers’ Games Programme – and could fire his way into contention for a first-team place before long.
The emerging talent has been prolific in the Under-20s over the last two seasons and his hat-trick against the Greeks is just the latest in a long line of clinical displays from the Scottish youth international.
Rudden has only just turned 18 but has shown a lot in the Gers Academy to see him quickly pushed up through the ranks and in the Under-20 squad at 16.
With the likes of Alfredo Morelos, Jason Cummings, Kenny Miller and Eduardo Herrera ahead of him just now in the pecking order, the teenager will need to be patient but with a wealth of talent to learn from and soak up advice on how to make the most of his talent, Rudden has a fantastic chance of firing his way into the senior squad in the not-too-distant future.
After the likes of Ross McCrorie, Jamie Barjonas and others made their way into the first-team, there’s a lot of faith in the current crop of young talent under Craig Mulholland at the club’s Auchenhowie training facility and with Graeme Murty having arrived at Ibrox, initially, to take charge of the Under-20’s, he’ll be acutely aware of the players pushing to make the breakthrough.