Scotty Arfield’s international retirement is only a confirmation of his hanging up his boots for his country; the Livi born midfielder had already retired having decided last summer to prioritise Rangers over his adopted homeland’s fixtures in the Gold Cup.
Arfield announced it formally today, but it’s evident that his only being 33 it’s a choice of convenience rather than because he doesn’t want to play for Canada any longer.
Indeed, he loved his time with the Canucks, but these days he’s aging enough that long-haul travel for the latest friendly or qualifier or indeed tournament is just a bit tiring and it’s no longer feasible.
It is such a regret that when he was a young lad Scotland completely overlooked his talents, in a blunder up there with the worst our country has committed. And there’s been a few, shall we say.
Instead we let a PL-level midfielder slip through our fingers and opt for his father’s homeland instead, a role he’s thrived in, including captaincy.
However, does this retirement also means the winds of change are blowing for Arfield?
He’s been offered no deal to resume his time with the Famous beyond May, and he could be looking at a completely new era of his career if no contract appears for him.
We know some Turkish sides are looking at him and that could be the start of a new period in his life – new team, new country, and no more Canada.
Whatever the future holds for Scotty, he’s been faultless as a Ranger, and of course he is one of us.
One of the People.