Young Rangers striker Zak Rudden is hopeful that he will impress new Gers boss Steven Gerrard when the Ibrox side begin their pre-season training on Friday.

The Gerrard era at Ibrox really gets down to business this week and the 18-year-old hopes to catch the eye of the former Liverpool captain.

“The manager will bring players but I am fine with that and I need to rise to that challenge,” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

Rudden also hopes to become one of the main strikers at Ibrox in the next few seasons, and aims to challenge for a first-team place sooner rather than later.

“I need to prove that he doesn’t need to bring a player in in my position.

“The youth boys know that he will look at our level because of the background that he has and that is very positive for us all.

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“If it doesn’t work for me this year then I have still got next year. But I want to be around the first team, I want to show what I can do and have the manager make a decision on me.”

Football Insider verdict

Zak Rudden’s comments are full of confidence, and good for him, as he obviously wants to try and impress Steven Gerrard as he begins to get down to business at Ibrox. The problem for Rudden is that you would imagine that the Gers will bring in a high-profile striker to challenge Alfredo Morelos, which will probably limit the chances that the 18-year-old has to impress Gerrard and his assistant Gary McAllister. However, if you are good enough it doesn’t matter what age you are, you can still make the breakthrough. The proof of that is Ross McCrorie, who has broken into the Gers first-team and become a mainstay of the side in little under a year. McCrorie is the type of player that Rudden should be looking to emulate going forward, and if he manages to break into the first-team squad this season even better, as it will have shown that he has caught the eye of Gerrard.

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