It’s crunch time for Rangers loanee Zak Rudden.
On Saturday, the teenage forward will turn out for Falkirk away at Dundee United, and only a win will really suffice.
The Bairns are currently rock bottom of the Championship and three points behind ninth-placed Alloa.
Last week’s 2-0 home defeat to fellow strugglers Morton, was a damaging blow.
However, all hope is not lost and if they can snatch a win on the road this weekend, they will give themselves a fighting chance.
If that is to materialise, Rudden is the key.
He’s comfortably Falkirk’s top scorer this season, with eleven league goals. It’s no coincidence, either, that his adopted side have slipped further and further into trouble now that his goals have begun to dry up.
Two in twelve games constitutes a drop off from the teenager. But, if there was ever a time to recapture form, it’s now.
He’s already earned praise from Steven Gerrard [RangersTV] and Ray McKinnon at Falkirk [Scottish Sun].
Yet, if he was able to help his adopted side escape from adversity, the plaudits would come in thick and fast once again.
It’s a big burden for a youngster to bear, but he’s set to have a big say in Falkirk’s fate.
Let’s hope he succeeds, his adopted side beat the drop and he forces himself into the first-team plans at Rangers, for next season.
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