Hot on the heels of our assessment of Daniel Candeias, we move on to Scott Arfield.

The Canada international has a market value of £2.25 million, but arrived on a free transfer from Burnley, in July.

Arfield made 177 league appearances in five years at Burnley, many of which in the Premier League. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

It took him a little while to get going, but once up to speed, he has excelled.

Deployed mainly in an advanced central role, it took the ex-Falkirk man 12 matches to find the net for Rangers.

What a time to do it though, away at top seeded Europa League group opponents, Villarreal.

The 30-year-old salutes the Gers away fans after scoring against Villarreal. (Photo by Sergio Lopez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He backed that up three days later with a strike against St Johnstone and has looked increasingly at home ever since.

Although he served a suspension for a reckless challenge away at Hearts and then missed a short spell through injury, he has still made an impressive 28 appearances.

In the league, his 15 outings have delivered five goals and four assists.

His most impressive single outing, as can be said of several of his teammates, came in last month’s Old Firm.

 

A late inclusion after recovering from a niggle, he was everywhere. He dominated Scott Brown throughout, and endeared himself even more to the Ibrox faithful.

Ross McCrorie applauds his outstanding teammate after the 1-0 win. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Looking ahead, he has a major role to play during the run in.

The Gers may have strengthened this month, but during Arfield’s two brief absences, Gerrard’s side often looked toothless.

He provides the link between the midfield and the front men and a crucial extra goal threat.

Few could argue that Allan McGregor has been Gerrard’s most influential signing so far.

Arfield, may just be the pick of the rest.

Grade: A

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