The Championship relegation fight is nail biting. It’s thrilling to watch as a neutral, it’s terrible viewing for six of the teams still facing the possibility of relegation.
The most dire situation probably faces Falkirk. The Bairns are rooted to the bottom, three points away from the relegation play-offs with two games to go. They face a massive task away to promotion chasing Dundee United this weekend.
Last week’s defeat to Morton was a massive setback. Now a win at Tannadice is a must if they want a fighting chance of survival. They will need Rangers loanee Zak Rudden to step up, as he faces the two biggest games of his professional career.
He has delivered the goods for the Bairns this season, but the goals have dried up recently. He’s only scored two goals in 12 games, but the striker will need a sharp return to form if Ray McKinnon’s men are to survive.
A key two games for Rudden and Falkirk’s future
Rudden has scored 11 goals for Falkirk this term, which is a decent return. Since he has went on a dry patch, the Bairns have slipped down to the bottom. That isn’t a coincidence.
The Rangers loanee is a great targetman with killer instincts and footwork to boot. If he can pick up his performances, he will get all the glory, should McKinnon’s men beat the drop.
This is a massive task for someone so young, but Falkirk have little else. Rudden is their main talisman and if he doesn’t perform, his adopted side are already on the back foot.
He has potential, but these games could give Rudden’s future a massive boost. If he becomes the man to deliver Championship safety to Falkirk, he’ll boost his chances of a Rangers future. Even if he isn’t ready for next year, Premiership clubs will be eager to get their hands on the forward next season.
Hopefully for his sake Rudden can deliver the goods. He shouldn’t have this amount of pressure on him, but the Bairns really are relying on him. The young striker could make himself an even bigger hero come next weekend.
The next two games will define the future of Falkirk as a club. Rudden can have a big say in that.