Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe believes Zak Rudden will be disappointed with his night’s work in the EFL Trophy despite the Rangers loanee finally opening his account for the League Two club, as reported by Plymouth Live.
The highly-rated 19-year-old moved to the South Coast hoping to kick-start his career at senior level before returning to Ibrox ready to challenge for a place in Steven Gerrard’s starting XI.
Thanks to a series of niggling injuries, however, Rudden struggled to make an impact in his first few weeks at Plymouth and failed to score in any of his initial five games for the fourth-tier outfit.
But the teenager finally broke his duck on Tuesday, impressively heading a Gary Sawyer cross into the far corner to set Plymouth on their way to a 3-0 win against Swindon Town in the EFL Trophy.
It wasn’t exactly a perfect evening, however, with the Scotland U19 international failing to add to his tally despite a number of presentable opportunities. And manager Lowe, a striker himself back in the day, believes that Rudden, like most goalscorers, will find himself thinking more about the chances he missed than the one he put away.
“I’m pleased for Zak. He came down from Rangers after an injury and we threw him in at the deep end,” said the former Bury manager.
“Then he got another little niggle. He deserved that goal tonight, he probably could have had a couple. I think he was disappointed with that.”
Doubts remain about whether Rudden has a long-term future at Rangers. But Jermain Defoe isn’t getting any younger at 37 while it is no secret that Alfredo Morelos is dreaming of a move to the Premier League at some point or other.
So if Rudden can build on his long-awaited first goal in Plymouth colours, Gerrard could find him almost impossible to overlook.
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