Rangers’ slightly slow pre-season has been given a major boost following the timely return of workhorse Scott Arfield.
The 32-year old, who remains one of Rangers’ most trusty lieutenants, came on as a second half sub and looked energetic, keen, and back to his old self, despite having been out injured for what feels like an age.
His contract situation to one side, the Canada international decided to skip his country’s summer Gold Cup matches and concentrate on club instead, which is fair enough given Rangers are his boyhood team – and we were delighted to see him back and in one piece to face Arsenal.
His name on the bench was a very pleasing sight to behold indeed, and while till Arsenal he’d played no part in the pre-season schedule, to see him finally get some minutes having recovered from injury was very welcome indeed.
And to that end, Rangers’ own energy and play did noticeably lift when the ex-Burnley man showed up, with his off-ball running always adding so much zest to a Rangers team, not to mention his link up play in the final third.
He even had a pop at goal, albeit a slightly rushed one.
It’s good to have you back Scotty, we always know we can rely on you.