The Scottish Sun reports that Partick Thistle are keen on Zak Rudden.

The 19-year-old striker enjoyed an impressive 2018/19 for both club and country.

Rudden celebrates after netting at Ibrox against Bury, in pre-season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

On loan at Falkirk, he netted 12 times in 31 Championship appearances. He was a standout performer across the campaign for a team that struggled at both ends of the pitch and was ultimately relegated.

The Young Ger also starred for Scotland at age group level. He netted a hattrick against Cyprus back in March.

His exploits are said to have impressed Jags manager, Gary Caldwell, who is plotting to bring him in on a temporary deal for next season.

Steven Gerrard could have a say in that, though. The manager praised Rudden’s goalscoring exploits a while back, and it would be a surprise if he didn’t take the chance to have a proper look at one of the club’s brightest young prospects in pre-season.

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After retaining their Championship status, the Jags are looking to rebuild. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Verdict

It’s no shock that there’s already interest in Rudden.

 

He led the line well for an ailing Bairns side this season and appears to have all the attributes to grow into an excellent forward.

However, even if Gerrard decides he isn’t quite ready for first team football at Ibrox, Firhill might not be the ideal destination.

With the departures of Scott McDonald and Kris Doolan, he’s sure to get game time there. Yet, is another season in the Championship really what he needs?

Surely, a move to a top-flight club such as Livi or Hamilton, would present more of a challenge and ultimately, prove more beneficial.

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