Rangers star midfielder Scott Arfield has failed to rule out a move back to the English Premier League with Southampton, but equally suggested he’s happy where he is and is oblivious to any interest.
The gifted midfield workhorse, thriving in his new advanced role, was adamant that he’s never been happier in life or his career, but was unable to confirm he’s going nowhere.
“Over the past two years I’ve not played enough football. Kind of a year and a half at Burnley where I was in and out of the team. This is the happiest I’ve been in years. It’s to be at this football club, to wear this badge, to walk around here to be back in Glasgow with my family settled. I’m fully focused on doing the right things for Rangers. To win games and that’s my full focus at the minute.”
Meanwhile Steven Gerrard equally has admitted there’s a price on Arfield’s head, just like any other player, and if Southampton offer enough cash, they can have a conversation.
The reality is Rangers financially can afford to resist modest offers for players, offers which fall well below market value, and with Arfield’s stellar season raising his stock to career-high levels, he’s the kind of player Rangers wouldn’t let go for much less than £10M.
But equally he’s an integral part of Steven Gerrard’s side, and when he doesn’t play, neither does the team, and is it worth the cash to sell such a fulcrum and pivotal component of the system Gerrard has now devised?
Would Rangers not be better off for football reasons keeping Arfield, sacrificing a lot of cash for that, but managing to have a team which has a stronger chance of mounting a real challenge to Neil Lennon’s Celtic?
Arfield might not be quite ‘unsellable’ but he’s possibly the closest thing Rangers have to that.