Partick Thistle signing Zak Rudden has claimed that time spent on loan from Rangers with Plymouth Argyle, has taken his game up a notch.

The 19-year-old striker came up through the ranks at Ibrox and enjoyed two loan spells before deciding to cut the cord and move to Firhill.

Rudden scored a pre-season goal at Ibrox in 2018 but didn’t make a competitive appearance for Rangers. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The first of those stints was with Falkirk across the 2018/19 campaign, during which he scored in a 1-1 Championship draw with the Jags.

Then, over the first half of this season, he headed south of the border to sample life in the EFL with League Two club Plymouth.

Despite being hampered at times by a niggling knee injury, under Argyle manager, Ryan Lowe, Rudden made 18 appearances and scored three goals.

New Partick Thistle signing Rudden was in and out of the side at Plymouth. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Speaking on Thursday afternoon at Firhill, he was full of praise for the standard of the English fourth tier.

“Yeah 100%,” he said, when asked if he was a better player than prior to his EFL experience. “It’s a different kettle of fish, you always come up against a very experienced player or a good player down there.”

“I’m not saying that you don’t get experienced or good players up here, but it’s a different level and you’re training with good players every day.

“So I’ve become better over that last four or five months of being down there.”

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