There was bittersweet news for Rangers loanee Zak Rudden on Monday, as it emerged he had just missed out on winning the SPFL Goal of the Month competition.

Instead, St Mirren’s Adam Hammill, took the crown for his outrageous 40-yard volley against Hearts. It was the first of two spectacular strikes from the Englishman in a matter of weeks.

While Rudden will be disappointed not to pick up the award, he had the consolation of being voted second out of eight choices. The 18-year-old striker’s goal for Falkirk against rivals Dunfermline, received 21.7% of the votes.

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Thus, his long-range strike was deemed better than efforts from the likes of Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard and Motherwell’s David Turnbull.

 

It’s fantastic for the youngster to receive this level of exposure for his exploits during his first loan spell away from the club. Asked to go and make an impact, that’s exactly what he has done.

The nominated goal was the fourth of his six league strikes this year, each of which has been invaluable for The Bairns.

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There is little doubt that the teenager’s individual form has signalled an upturn in his adopted side’s fortunes. They still sit bottom of the Scottish Championship, but have picked up seven points from their last three matches.

The young talent has also gained experience by turning out for Scotland U19s this year. (Photo by Juergen Schwarz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Going forward, the challenge for Rudden is to keep finding the target. If Falkirk are to survive, it looks as though he will need to perform regularly.

While it may only be Championship level, weight of expectation will do the youngster good. Pressure is something he will need to cope with, in order to eventually make it big at Ibrox.

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