Rangers striker Zak Rudden spent last season out on loan in the Scottish Championship with Falkirk. Rudden was most recently spotted by SNS Group taking in the League Cup clash between Livingston and Ayr United.
It finished 2-1 to Livingston on the night although Championship side Ayr made them work for it. Eventually though, goals from Aymen Souda and Ricki Lamie were enough to give Livi the victory.
Both sides need something extra going forward. Could Rudden have been scouting out two temporary homes for this forthcoming season?
Who would Rudden suit, Livingston or Ayr?
Gary Holt’s side currently have Lyndon Dykes and Lee Miller as their go to striker options. Adding a third in Rudden would be a wise move.
Last season he netted 12 goals in a struggling Bairns side. Playing at a Premiership level club with better creative players like Scott Pittman would see Rudden get more service, more chances, and if he got firing, more goals.
Plus Livi have a decent track record of late at developing young Rangers academy players. Liam Kelly and Ryan Hardie have enjoyed successful stints in West Lothian recently. Rudden may look at their success and wonder if he could get in on the act.
Alternatively, Ayr would be a good home too. Kris Doolan has already arrived this summer but putting Rudden alongside him would create a decent partnership.
Doolan’s a poacher who doesn’t mind pressing a backline, whereas Rudden is an out and out number nine. The ex-Bairn would learn from an experienced SPFL pro, whilst also becoming a threat for the Honest Men.
He was one of the Championship’s better strikers in a terrible team last season. Another season in the second tier would see Rudden play more. He’d also be more likely to succeed in the Championship than the Premiership.
He’s not played a minute of top flight football, whereas he played plenty of second tier games last term.
Rudden is a promising striker. Both teams could be doing with someone like him. Games aren’t forthcoming at Rangers this season and these two sides offer good places for the Scotland youth international to continue his development.