Following yet another consistent performance from Scott Arfield including the winning goal on Sunday, there’s been a clamour from some fans for him to be installed as captain.
We’ve discussed this before, the issue of the captaincy, and despite it being a redundant debate (Tavernier is not losing the captaincy in a month of Sundays under Steven Gerrard) it’s nevertheless valid to hear which players the fans rate as leaders out there.
We know McGregor was once a leader, but has probably faded from the reckoning as a captain candidate in the past half year – he’s fine leading at the back the way he is.
But the others?
Our call remains Arfield. He is the most experienced leader out there aside Steven Davis, and he’s more vocal than the NI international. Of course, both of them are captain of their countries, but there is something about Arfield’s workrate and impact which probably has more popularity as a captain of Rangers than Davis does.
Then of course there’s Ryan Jack. Once captain of Aberdeen, Jack is many supporters’ pick to wear the armband, given his Rangers affections and the fact he’s arguably the most improved player under this manager.
But he has big injury issues, an ongoing calf concern being an area of rigorous management and maintenance, and that’s something that doesn’t affect Arfield or Davis.
But the bottom line is Arfield is our pick, and after another fine display v Livi, the Canada star is as good as any candidate to be the leader.
One thing is for sure, James Tavernier just is not.