Rangers youth prospect Zak Rudden has nabbed a stunning hattrick for the Scotland U19s against their Cyprus equivalents.

The striker, who’s on loan at Falkirk, stole the show as Billy Stark’s Scotland babes put four past Cyrpus without reply.

The Rangers striker’s hattrick was supplemented by a goal from another one of Rangers’ young Scots. Gers winger Glenn Middleton was also on target.

Rudden continues to prove himself as an out-and-out goalscorer. (Photo by Lukasz Sobala/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

It means the Scotland U19s are edging closer to qualifying for the U19 European Championships. This would be only the second time in the nation’s history. And it looks like Rangers’ youngsters are the ones doing the business.

It follows on from an opening day win over Turkey. Rudden opened the scoring for Scotland in that one to kickstart a 3-1 win.

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This hattrick will do nothing to harm the growing reputation of the lanky striker who’s earning plaudits for his performances in the Championship.

Rudden’s already scored in a Rangers shirt – in a 6-0 pre-season friendly win against Bury. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rudden has scored eleven goals in 25 games for a struggling Bairns side who’re 8th in the Scottish second tier.

It’s a solid return for the 19-year-old who Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon also compared to Rangers legend Ally McCoist [originally Scottish Sun].

Let’s hope he can continue his strong development and be a breakthrough star for Rangers in the coming seasons. The future certainly looks bright at Ibrox.

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