Rangers legend Scott Arfield is to move to the MLS with FC Charlotte after the 34-year-old was freed by Rangers pretty much against his will.
The former Ibrox star and forever fan favourite has agreed a deal to switch Europe for the lights of North America and experience the USA’s premier football league for the first time, having reportedly rejected offers from England’s Championship.
It will be a two-year deal.
There is definite regret about this. The MLS is a higher standard than the Scottish Premiership, Rangers and Celtic aside, and this shows the quality of Arfield that a league of this standard will see him strut his stuff, while Michael Beale deemed him not good enough to continue in Govan and let him go.
We are of course cautiously optimistic about what we’re seeing currently with the rebuild from the manager, but will never be able to shake off the frustration that a player with as much to give as Scotty was let go against about 99% of fans’ will.
Of course, fan opinion can be unreliable at best and murder at worst, so we don’t blame Beale for not going with popular beliefs in a general sense, but the fact Arfield is off for two years to the MLS, a very high standard of football on a par with Europe’s second-tier leagues like Holland and Belgium suggests he still was perfectly capable of performing for Rangers in the SPL.
But, what is done is done – Arfield now jets off for a new life in North America determined to show Beale how wrong he was to dump him.
But in fairness, he could finish top assists and scorer in the MLS and Beale still wouldn’t admit he’s made a mistake here.
Que sera sera.