Scotty Arfield’s revival under Gio’s Rangers

Scotty Arfield’s revival under Gio’s Rangers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 18: Steven Davis of Rangers celebrates with teammate Scott Arfield after scoring his team's first goal during the Scottish Cup game between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on April 18, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Since the arrival of Rangers-loving midfielder, Scott Arfield, the man who chose to represent Canada at international level rapidly become a fan favourite in the team. The number 37 has popped up with many memorable moments since his arrival in 2018, with his passionate performances and notable goal contributions always leaving him in the good books of the Ibrox faithful.

This love for Arfield was captured perfectly in Rangers’ 2-0 triumph over Celtic in May 2019, as the Scottish-born Canadian tucked a neat finish into the bottom corner to send the sun-kissed Rangers fans into jubilant celebration.

Throughout the tenure of our former manager, Scott Arfield played quite a lot of football for the club, always being appreciated as a clearly identifiable goal-scoring midfielder who has that ability to drive forward from the comfort of the midfield into attacking positions to try nick Rangers some goals.

This adored quality of Arfield’s game was perfectly captured on the 7th April 2019, as Scott claimed his first professional club hat-trick in a 0-3 away win to Motherwell. For all three finishes, Arfield was cunningly aware of his positioning, putting himself in the right place at the right time to net all the goals on the day.

Throughout his time at the club, Scott Arfield has always been a common name amongst the starting XI, playing his part in Rangers’ undefeated league campaign last season. However, before the arrival of Giovanni Van Bronckhorst this season, it had appeared that the ex-Falkirk man had fallen out of favour, not playing the same consistent football he was offered in his previous seasons at his adored club. Despite this, GVB has been trying out some varying line-ups in the games against different opponents he has faced, and Arfield has been thrown right back into the mixture during this.

Clearly identified by the gaffer as a midfield goal-threat which can be lethal to opponents, Scott has been reinstated as a regular face in and around the Rangers line-up, as Giovanni appears to appreciate the attacking football that Arfield provides, and how it can be a key asset to breaking down the defensive tactics that are often conducted against Rangers.

Arfield looks to be thriving, even netting an impressive chipped goal against Livingston, and rewarding Van Bronckhorst for his faith in him.

The whole squad seems to be on a high since the arrival of GVB, but from bench-warming throughout the earlier stages of the season, Scott Arfield looks like he has truly been given a burst of life from the change of staff at Ibrox. With Arfield turning 33 on the 1st November, he is not as young as he once was, but with Giovanni giving him a much needed boost of game minutes, the question is begged of whether Arfield can continue to put on a show and ‘salute’ his way to being an experienced staple part of the Giovanni Van Bronckhorst era at the club.

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