Kris Boyd’s claim that Rangers’ hero Scott Arfield should be our new striker is hysterical nonsense and based on the fact the ex-Canada midfielder scored twice and no other logic.
Arfield is brilliant, truly one of Rangers’ best players, and unfairly put on the fringes over the past year, with even new manager Michael Beale admitting the lad is unlucky not to be starting.
But sticking him up top?
Give us a break, Kris.
Scotty scores because of late runs, he bursts into the box with no one marking him and finds space because his run wasn’t expected – he gains a tonne of space by being late, by being unanticipated – it’s extremely hard to mark him in this guise and even harder when he comes on as a sub.
THIS is why he often scores – not because he’s got striker instincts, but because he knows how to read the game and when to make his late runs into the box. Place him as a striker, he’d get absolutely marked out of the game – he doesn’t play with his back to goal, he doesn’t hold the ball up, and he has no physical presence or reading of movement off the ball.
Steven Gerrard at his peak, Frank Lampard at his – big-scoring attacking midfielders who made those legendary late runs into the box and scored incessantly. But pitch them in as strikers and they’d be completely impotent up top.
No, Scotty is best-served as an attacking mid, linking midfield with up front, and bursting into the box and grabbing vital goals.
He’s a critical part of the Rangers machine, one of the few players Rangers have who is infinitely reliable and can play at all levels.
We are very very lucky to have such a quality asset in Scott Arfield, and he deserves to be absolutely appreciated, which in fairness he is.
But as a Rangers striker? We think not. You stick to talking rubbish on TV Kris, Scotty will stick to doing what he does best for Rangers and we’ll have more magical nights like last night ended up being at Pittodrie.