Rangers have seemingly targeted a Scott Arfield replacement already in Algeria’s Ahmed Kendouci, (also being tracked by Celtic) the ES Sétif star adopting the same position as the in-demand fan favourite.
Arfield’s contract has been a huge topic of contention, but the 33-year old has not been offered a new deal and all information is he won’t be either. Why, we’re not entirely sure, given the player himself has advocated his desire to stay – perhaps the board is learning from Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe where older players were given valuable extensions and were unable to really deliver value for that.
If that’s the case, we can actually understand the board’s reticence on giving Scotty a new deal, but we’d also imagine the former Canada international won’t demand a fortune in wages.
Either way, Kendouci is now on Rangers’ radar according to reports in Algeria, the 22-year old only valued around £1.5M and under contract for another couple of years, so he’d be a fairly modest-cost solution.
Is this Rangers’ remit now, to reduce the age of the playing squad?
Allan McGregor also has not been offered a new deal, and Steven Davis is highly likely to leave this summer as well when his expires, meaning there will be no veterans at all in the squad aside Leon Balogun (also out of contract this summer) and Jon McLaughlin (ditto).
We can postulate all we like, but hot on the heels of interest in Arfield is interest from us in the Algerian lad.
Times they could be a-changing.