Hot on the heels of Eros Grezda’s ‘announce’ display yesterday which may just have given manager Steven Gerrard a brand-new option as striker was the perfectly-timed return to form we’ve been anticipating from Scott Arfield.
This was a composed, hard-working display from the midfield grafter, and his use of the ball was much more like earlier in the season – but his two goals have opened up something Rangers have been seeking for seasons, if not longer: a goalscoring midfielder.
Rangers have lacked quite a few ‘specialty’ players for quite a long time, and one of those is the rather desirable attacking midfielder who can get goals – aka ‘the Frank Lampard’.
And until yesterday we’d believed the out-for-the-likely-season Graham Dorrans to be the only real possibility there.
But Arfield has now presented his case rather than a £2M+ January signing (that could be used elsewhere now), and believe us, it’s compelling.
His first goal especially was a wonderful display of balance, coordination, awareness, experience, composure and clinical finishing.
He couldn’t take the shot first time, and waited for the perfect moment to bend it round the keeper and into the back of the net – a truly clinical strike, and it set the tone for the match for the home side.
Someone who can get goals from the middle of the park has been a drastic absence in Rangers sides of recent times. Even the legend that is Barry Ferguson struggled to score as many from the middle as his ability suggested he should.
But Arfield, while admittedly a very different player, has now given Gerrard goals from central, in a position that just hasn’t been producing anything clinical at all this season.
Rangers’ display yesterday was excellent, and a joy to behold – even an 11-man Motherwell would have struggled to keep the score down.
And Scott Arfield’s credentials as a midfield goal machine were done no harm at all.