Falkirk have endured a torrid season so far but manager Ray McKinnon could take a massive step towards securing their place in the Championship by sealing a deal to keep on-loan striker Zak Rudden.

Rudden, on loan from Rangers, has been one of the Bairns’ key performers so far this season with nine goals.

Rudden celebrates scoring for Rangers with Serge Atakayi
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After initially penning a six-month loan in the summer, Zak is due to return to his parent club later this month.

With Falkirk having wasted no time since the transfer window opened on January 1st, keeping the striker will be key to their survival.

Rudden celebrates scoring for Scotland

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Rudden is unlikely to get into Rangers’ first-team this season so an extended stay at Falkirk would benefit all.

Regular first-team football is a massive step in his development and will help Rudden fulfil his undoubted potential.

Rudden in action for Scotland
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Despite his lack of first-team experience, Rudden currently leads the way as Falkirk’s top goalscorer so far this season.

Falkirk have already had a busy few days since the transfer window opened with four new signings confirmed.

Keeping hold of the striker until June would prove to be a shrewd move which would only benefit Falkirk.

The teenager has made 19 appearances for McKinnon’s side and will be keen to increase that before returning to Ibrox.

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