Once again Rangers’ super-sub Scotty Arfield became the toast of (some) fans after another massive impact off the bench, leading Ibrox Noise to once again ask why our evergreen attacking midfielder has to make do with a place on the bench every match.
We were intrigued by a large portion of the fanbase who retorted to this with suggesting he’s better off the bench, forgetting that Arfield’s own self esteem also matters.
That is, we agree that he’s having a big impact off the bench, but surely he deserves a bit better than to be dumped there every single fixture?
Surely Arfield has earned the right to start a few matches now and then?
It’s comical how many fans use his age against him, or the ‘who would he replace’ passing of the buck.
Well it’s not like our midfield and attack are firing on every cylinder is it? Tillman is lazy and has no interest in being at Ibrox long term, Ryan Kent is similarly looking to move on and his Rangers race is run, Fashion Sakala is utter dugmeat most of the time, and Kemar Roofe is out. So is Tom Lawrence. Ianis Hagi remains a million miles off full fitness. Alex Lowry is on compassionate leave.
So it’s hardly like we’re abundant with riches and playing beautiful craftmanship football and scoring plentifully.
Arfield would not weaken Rangers’ team by being in it now and then. A starter every match? No, he’s too old to manage that. We’d get more from him using him every so often from the beginning, alongside using him as an impact sub. Few would forget his impact from the start against Liverpool, for example.
But to keep this lad permanently on the bench is unfair. He’s started just two matches since Michael Beale took over, any Rangers fan who ‘can’t see who he’d replace’ or thinks his permanent place on the bench is fair is reading from a different hymn sheet and thinks Tillman and Kent want to be at Rangers.
Even with no Kent yesterday Scotty still didn’t get a start; no Kent, no Wright, no Roofe, no Lawrence, no Lowry.
And it was only his arrival on the pitch that stopped a diabolical draw with St Mirren.
Does he have the energy to start all matches? Of course not. But he deserves the odd one now and then.