What’s happened to Scott Arfield?

What’s happened to Scott Arfield?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 01: Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the UEFA Europa League play-off match between Rangers and Galatasaray at Ibrox Stadium on October 01, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard has been pretty vocal about new contracts, with Connor Goldson, Jermain Defoe and Glen Kamara the current three names most loudly being touted for new deals.

But the absence of Scott Arfield from any talks in these kinds of circles suggests he doesn’t seem to be high priority for a new contract, and may even be let go when his deal expires.

From the nearly-indispensable performer he was in the autumn to a peripheral figure as he now seems to be, what’s gone wrong for him?

Arfield’s biggest issue has been injuries – like Davo, he wasn’t a key player at the start of the season, and like Davo he fought like a dog to reclaim his place as Jack, Kamara and Aribo monopolised the midfield and Ianis Hagi claimed the right flank.

But once he did get his place back he remained firmly in place, until a fateful injury in late December effectively ended his season.

Returning in early February, Arfield wasn’t able to regain his form or fitness, and faded from the scene in late April becoming just a sub.

Stevie revealed recently he’d suffered another injury in training and that his season was definitely over, which has only added to whispers that he’s become dispensable.

If it was up to us we’d give him a new deal, but we’re not the ones paying the players – and we concede no matter how much we love a player, we can’t give a contract out based on goodwill.

Maybe the club is working towards an extension for Arfield, but he’s the one player notably absent from any word on a new deal.

Is he done? We hope not, because he’s one hell of a performer when he’s fit, and he’s one of us.

But time will tell as always if Arfield’s future lies at Ibrox or not.

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