Zak Rudden hasn’t scored in five League One games for League One outfit Plymouth Argyle – does he have a future in the Scottish Premiership under Gerrard?
Rangers striker Zak Rudden has struggled to make an impact at Plymouth Argyle and manager Ryan Lowe admits that the fans haven’t seen the best of the talented young striker so far, speaking to Plymouth Live.
The Scotland U19 international arrived at Home Park on the back of a sensational spell at Falkirk. Last season, Rudden scored 13 goals for The Bairns and won the club’s Player of the Year award with manager Ray McKinnon describing him as ‘phenomenal’, in quotes reported by Deadline News.
It goes without saying that Plymouth would have been hoping for a similar impact but Rudden is yet to really get going on the south coast. After five games, he has failed to open his account for the League One outfit and missed a wonderful chance to turn one point into three during a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic earlier in the month.
And Lowe, a prolific goalscorer himself in his playing days, has admitted that Rudden hasn’t found things easy so far, particularly with a ‘niggling injury’ causing him problems.
“We haven’t seen the best of Zak as yet because we threw him in at the deep end. I don’t want to take no responsibility for his little niggling injury hopefully but he has gone right in at the deep end and weren’t really fit,” said the former Bury boss.
“We should have managed him along the way, but when you lose a striker after 20 minutes (against Walsall) he was there ready, wanting to get on.
“We will build Zak up again and he will be alright.”
The last striker who joined Plymouth on loan from an Old Firm outfit struggled too. Nadir Ciftci will always be remembered by Argyle fans for all the wrong reasons with the Celtic flop failing to score in seven games for the club.
Rudden needs just one to beat Cifcti’s miserable tally.