If John Lundstram did his Rangers case little good at all on Sunday, Scotty Arfield did the opposite.
With just a 25 minute cameo, Arfield put forth his case for a bigger role in Rangers going forward, not only with his excellent goal, but using his time to make runs, support play, and show a tonne of mobility, not to mention his old favourite link play.
While Ianis Hagi seemed to still be a bit off the pace and caught in the crosshairs of the speed of the game, Scotty took to it like a duck to water as if he’d never been away.
The reality is Arfield will never let his team down, will never stop chipping in with what he has to offer, and while Todd Cantwell is firmly ahead of him now in selection, it didn’t stop Arfield being absolutely thrilled with the new signing for the assist he supplied him.
Indeed, if nothing else shows what Rangers mean to Arfield, it was the genuine joy he had at the assist his actual replacement gave him – to show sincere and exuberant happiness towards the man who basically has stolen his slot permanently shows just how much Arfield is a team player and how worth a new deal he is.
Under Michael Beale he is just a fringe player, a bit-part cameo in some matches, but the reality is this is a former Premier League player, a Canada international, a truly top-class player who didn’t just lose all his quality overnight.
This man scored the only goal in the Champions League, and it was a terrific one, and it shows he has plenty left in the tank, as did his 25 minutes in Govan on Sunday afternoon with a fine goal too.
He might have been surpassed by the increasingly-outstanding Todd Cantwell, but it won’t stop Arfield giving everything he has, loving life at Ibrox, and being one of the people.
A new deal for Scotty? Absolutely, he has completely earned one, and we’d be a lesser team without the Livi-born midfielder remaining on the roster at Ibrox.