By Jason Jones

17th Jan, 2020 | 5:37pm

Recently Rangers departure 'would hope to be back' at Ibrox one day

Zak Rudden would like to return to Rangers one day, despite having only signed for Partick Thistle earlier this week. 

The teenage striker left Ibrox on a permanent deal after spending the first half of the campaign on loan at English League Two side Plymouth Argyle.

The Scottish youth international hit three goals in 18 games for the Pilgrims, but opted against another temporary stint away from Glasgow this month.

In spite of that, however, Rudden has made it clear that he would be open to a return to the Bears in the future.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, he said: “There is a clause in the deal which means after 18 months Rangers could buy me back.

“I’m delighted they have got that in there if they see me doing well but my main focus right now is Partick Thistle.

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“Is it hard to leave Rangers? Of course it is. After almost 10 years at the club it’s a weird one to be leaving.

“I realised that my dream of making it to the first team might never be realised when I kept getting put out on loan.

“They were ready to put me out on another loan this month but I thought it might be better just to go out and feel comfortable somewhere.

“I thought it was time to go. But maybe three or four years down the line I would hope to be back at Rangers.”

Could Rudden return to Rangers?

Of course he could.

The fact that the Gers have seen fit to put a buy-back into the deal that took him to Partick Thistle in the first place shows just how much promise he has, and the truth of the matter is that in an ideal world, he would have been going back out on loan instead of leaving permanently.

As such, this transfer is almost certainly a reflection of the player’s ambition more than it is a sign of the Gers’ opinion of him.

At 19 he has his entire career ahead of him, and if he can get himself up and running in Maryhill then there’s no saying that he won’t be back at Ibrox sooner rather than later.

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