After our earlier piece questioning the inclusion of James Tavernier in the POTY noms, we equally have to wonder about the man whose place he clearly took.
Why on earth was Scott Arfield overlooked for this completely?
It’s no secret that Arfield’s performances in midfield have been at the heart of all that has been good about Rangers this season – his marshalling and leadership have helped get the best out of, in particular, Ryan Jack and Ross McCrorie, and he’s scored a few goals too.
In short, for a free transfer, he’s been a real success – a Canada international who has really produced for Rangers.
Sure, he’s not been flashy, or played ‘sexy football’ – but his work in the middle, and his constant linkup with the flanks and the men behind him, not to mention those in front have been one of the most important factors for Rangers’ progress this season.
And yet, it was James Tavernier who got that slot instead.
We’ll have a piece on all five nominations later, plus the notable exclusions, but we really are at a loss as to why our arguable pick for the overall winner never mind mere nomination was absolutely blanked for this prestigious accolade.
And more than a bit disappointed at best. We know he’s probably not everyone’s choice, but he absolutely earned a nomination.