Gio & Rangers must NOT overlook Scott Arfield

Gio & Rangers must NOT overlook Scott Arfield
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 25: Scott Arfield of Rangers is seen during a My Gers Open Training Session at Ibrox Stadium on July 25, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

There have been more than a few disagreements between our fans in recent days in terms of team selection. Sands for example seems to be a bit of a Marmite player, McGregor, Barisic, Wright and Colak likewise, however there’s one name that springs to mind that (we hope) might be a tad more universally agreed upon – Scotty Arfield.

There’s simply no debating the fact that he bailed us out of the proverbial on Saturday. His awareness, instinct and precision to get on the end of that Kent cross (he’s another one who fans seem divided on – we happen to love him at Noise) was nothing short of genius.

Given this, Arfield could perhaps consider himself a tad unlucky not to have started in Belgium, particularly given the absence of Kent. This in itself wasn’t a crime, because clearly we have a lot of depth in the squad, so the likes of Tillman (who was also excellent at Livingston) and Matondo (who showed promise in pre-season) were given the nod.

What is baffling however, is that Saturday’s matchwinner remained on the substitutes bench throughout the entire 94 minutes. With Lundstram dropping in to play centre-half, it became apparent that neither Kamara or Jack were playing in an advanced midfield role, leaving us short of a central link between defence and attack. Basically, we needed something, a spark, a crunching tackle, a bit of grit, a bit of magic in the box…anything. You can’t help but wonder why on earth Arfield wasn’t at very least given 20 minutes to make an impact?

Sure, he’s 34 in November but hardly incapable of playing 2 matches in a row, let alone making 2 sub appearances. We hope that Arfield isn’t overlooked and while we understand Gio wants to make the team his own, we need to use the players we have at our disposal and if that means waiting until Kilmarnock to blood young Matondo and starting your weekend matchwinner, or leaving Lawrence on the bench and giving Arfield 20 minutes, these decisions are pivotal and have to be questioned.

Simply put, Scott Arfield knows what it means to play for Glasgow Rangers. When the chips are down and you need a goal in a Champions League qualifier, with a potential £40m on the line – the decision to overlook him is certainly a…brave one.

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