Do Rangers miss influence of Scott Arfield between midfield and attack?
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Do Rangers miss influence of Scott Arfield between midfield and attack?

Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield was a key player at time for the Gers last season but so far in this campaign he has played the sum total of 22 Premiership minutes.

In fact, Arfield, 32, has made only three starts for the side this season in nine appearances, with his last starting berth coming at the end of August against Alashkert in Europa League qualification.

Scott Arfield was an influential player for Rangers last season. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

This is despite the midfielder being pictured in training ahead of the Hearts game and seemingly being fit to be more involved in the side.

To put this into context, by the same stage last season Scotty Arfield had made five Premiership starts, ten in total and 16 appearances [Transfermarkt].

The player’s lack of involvement in the team has been a substantial change in a season defined by a lack of cutting edge to date.

That’s especially interesting considering Arfield is a goalscoring midfielder who links the midfield and attack and has that neat interplaying ability.

Ex-Burnley man Arfield scored seven goals for Rangers last season, so far the player has only scored once.

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Instead, the likes of Joe Aribo and Ianis Hagi have been used more consistently whilst Scott Wright has been getting more minutes in the forward line.

John Lundstram too has een employed in the number 8 role occupied by Arfield and with Juninho Bacuna also arriving in the summer, chances have been at a premium for the player.

Do Rangers miss the player’s ability to link midfield and attack? (Photo by Herman Dingler/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

But as Rangers struggle to reach top form – even if the first half performance v Hearts was the best 45 minutes of the season to date – perhaps reinstating the midfielder can help the club recapture their free-flowingbest.

Whilst the factors in Rangers’ downturn in form are many, is it no coincidence the club’s disappointing performances have coincided with the player’s absence from the team?

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have leapt to the defence of a player they believe has been “scapegoated” after the 1-1 draw with Hearts.

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