Zak Rudden arrived back at Rangers this week, after his initial loan spell with Falkirk came to an end.

However, the Scottish Championship outfit, are hoping that isn’t the end of the story.

Their manager, the experienced Ray McKinnon, wants the teenager back with the Bairns.

Ex-Dundee United boss McKinnon needs his top goal scorer to avoid the drop. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“He has been recalled, but we are speaking to Rangers to see if something can be worked out”, he told The Falkirk Herald.

“Of course he would be a big miss”, McKinnon continued.

“As it stands he is out of Saturday’s match which is an important one for us. We’d love to extend his deal.”

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The game he refers to, is against fellow strugglers Partick Thistle.

Free-falling Partick managed a draw at Dundee United in their last outing. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

It was only Rudden’s seventh league goal of the season last weekend, which allowed Falkirk to get off bottom spot and leave the Jags staring down the barrel.

That’s far from the first time the 18-year-old made a telling contribution, though.

 

In fact, McKinnon’s side haven’t won in the league when the on loan striker has failed to score.

He is pivotal to their hopes of survival.

Should Rangers let him go back?

Rudden may be inexperienced, but he has been a huge player at his adopted side. (Photo by Lukasz Sobala/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images)

In the short-term, he would be a massive miss. Failing to negotiate his return this month, would be catastrophic for the second tier strugglers.

Fortunately for them, there seems to be no reason why the player, or Steven Gerrard, wouldn’t want to get the deal done.

The Gers are well stocked in forward areas and the striker thrived during the initial loan.

More of the same will do him no harm at all, with guaranteed first team football and a chance to develop his game under pressure.