Rangers Academy Coach Says Youngster Has Ability To Become “Top Player”


Rangers academy coach Billy Kirkwood believes 15-year-old prodigy Zak Rudden has the ability to become a top player in the future, but emphasised that young players should make every minute on the training pitch count.

The 15-year-old striker became the first Scottish FA performance school player to net a goal for his country at national youth team level, when he scored in the Under-15s win over Switzerland in September 2014.

Rudden made further headlines in 2015, when he became the first Scottish FA performance school player to be called up for a major European tournament, as he was called up to the squad for the UEFA Under-17 Championship finals.

The 15-year-old made two appearance in the Under-17 Championship finals, both as a substitute in the 2-0 and 5-0 defeats to Russia and France respectively.

Kirkwood also highlighted that although the 15-year-old has the ability, ability alone will not make him a top player unless he works hard.

The 57-year-old former Dundee United midfielder reiterated that the young striker should not waste any time on the training ground and make the best of every minute.

Speaking in a Twitter Question and Answer session, Kirkwood said: “Yes he has [the ability to become a top player] – but it is not just about ability.

“Nobody should waste a minute at the training ground.”