Promising young striker, Zak Rudden, who Rangers have a buy-back option on, continued his stunning form with another goal for Partick Thistle on Saturday.
Rudden came through the Rangers Academy and scored in a first-team pre-season friendly against Bury in 2018, shortly after Steven Gerrard’s arrival at the club.
He then had loan spells at Falkirk and Plymouth Argyle, before signing for Thistle on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January 2020.
The transfer wasn’t a complete clean break from Ibrox for the Scotland youth international, though, as the Gers retained options on his future.
At the time of the switch, Jags boss Ian McCall confirmed that a buy-back clause had been inserted into Rudden’s contract which Rangers could trigger in the summer of 2021.
Injuries initially held Rudden back at Firhill but he finished last season brilliantly – scoring six goals in his final seven appearances – and he’s carried that outstanding form into 2021/22.
He scored in Thistle’s first Premier Sports Cup group stage fixture against Dunfermline last weekend and netted once again on Saturday in a comeback win over Stenhousemuir.
After a penalty from Thomas Orr had put Stenhousemuir 1-0 up, Rudden tucked away a Scott Tiffoney cross in the 53rd minute before Brian Graham completed the turnaround with a little over 15 minutes remaining.
Despite missing the majority of pre-season with a niggle, the former Ger now has two goals in two appearances and is off to flier.
However, with no speculation linking Rudden with a return during this window and a host of strikers already on the books at Ibrox, it looks at this stage like Rangers have opted against re-signing him.
Regardless of whether or not he ever returns, though, it’s becoming increasingly clear that he will go on to have an excellent career in the game if he can keep injuries at bay.