Saturday, 29 December 2018

How one Rangers star made the true difference today....


A lot of things stood out in today’s epic Old Firm win over Celtic (let’s just keep saying it eh?) but one of the most telling was a one way battle which showed just how dramatically momentum has swung over the past few months.

Sure, Rangers’ form has been a subject of contention, but that’s a debate for another day – in this fixture, one player battle summed up how Rangers have dramatically caught up with Celtic and how the future may be looking brighter than we feared earlier this month.

Scott Arfield absolutely destroyed Scott Brown.

Sure, Rangers midfield as a whole completely decimated anything Celtic’s had to offer, but it was the absolute gulf in class between these two, going toe to toe for the first time which showed the sea change between the clubs.

Brown, normally the enforcer of these matches and a major reason Celtic have been so dominant in the fixture for years, was left absolutely helpless as his passes went astray, his tackles didn’t hit their mark and he was stranded and out muscled by Arfield who wanted it more, who put in more work, and who drove his team in a very different way to how Brown used to.

It marked a remarkable evolution for this fixture, the end of the Brown era and the start of the (sadly) brief Arfield one. He’s the wrong side of 30 now so if we get even five years of Arfield at this level we’ve done brilliantly, but it’s evident his form, presence and impact was the difference in this match.

Sure, others around him carried their weight too – Kent was a miracle, Halliday honoured the shirt impeccably and Worrall thumped everyone who came his way, but it was Arfield’s effortless nullification of Brown which set the tone and allowed everyone else to play the Rangers Way.

We wish he was younger, and we wish we’d got him three or four years ago, but then, that would never have been possible.

So we will enjoy a player who may just have announced himself as the SPL’s best central midfielder for the foreseeable Brown and the Celtic captain can now remember:

Arfie’s gonna get ye.

14 comments:

  1. Outstanding! His smirk at brown was the icing on the cake!

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  2. I can't argue with what you say based on today's game, but we need to see it consistently if 55 is to be achieved.

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  3. our victory was not about one player but about a team performance we can single out lots of players and said they were better than their direct opponents you could have given any of several rangers players as individual man of the match which would have been unfair this was a team performance the like that we have not seen for a long long time may it continue in the future

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  4. Great article but slight correction. Arfield is exactly 30 years young so would think he could play at this level another 3-4 years...

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    1. Being 30 means the wrong side of 30 BT. Do agree we can get 3-5 years out of him.

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  6. mccorrie for me was motm but arfield just behind him, without arfield today we don't win simple as that, without his driving from the middle we are not the same team, overall today we were phonemonalπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§

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  7. The drop ball he contests with Broon is priceless. Google it. Arfield is bouncing, like a boxer waiting for the bell. Broon is NEVER winning that ball. Absolutely awesome. Harder than Broon but can also play football.

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  8. Only Pele himself could have equalled Jacko's goal. Nutmegged Mad dog. His precision strike clipped the heel he aimed for, sent their goalie to the corner flag and bagattelled into the onion bag. Damn nearly did it for a second goal too.
    Not only were 800 seats fire hosed with disinfectant but their team were taken to the cleaners as well.

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  9. I am getting very old and forgetful. But we’re you not advocating only a couple of weeks ago we get rid of Ryan Kent? And did you you not say some weeks earlier we should move heaven and earth to keep him? Some consistency please.. It’s a long haul. Get behind board and SG. It’s still a long shot to win league. But ,hey, isn’t it great to be a Rangers fan today?

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    1. 1: this is football. You want consistency follow another pursuit 2: no, we said there was information he was leaving due to other teams being interested and allegations his loan was a half season. We didn’t advocate his departure although we did suggest his form had dipped. Not any more!

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  10. Absolutely Bossed the Midfield!
    Had Broon in his pocket for 93minutes πŸ‘Œ
    Arfield should be New Captain

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  12. Great you all seem happy. Now can you get off Gerrards back about team selections . He showed tiday why Wallace is not needed and why Worral is needed!! Get it ?

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