Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has praised returning midfielder Scott Arfield as interest in the player is heating up from the MLS, although the manager wants to keep him at Ibrox for next season.

Arfield scored the winner against Livingston on Wednesday evening in a drab game to ensure the Gers kept their four-point advantage at the top of the table intact.

Livingston v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
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With recent interest from Turkish sides Alanyaspor and Hataypsor [DailyRecord] and now interest from the MLS, it appears the 33 year has plenty of choice about where he could feature next season.

The manager is having none of it as he has stated he would like to see Arfield remain at the club beyond this season.

“Scott is an important player to have around,” said van Bronckhorst [RangersTV].

“He is definitely someone I want to have longer at Rangers.

“Hopefully we can welcome him next season as well.”

These comments suggest the player is firmly in the manager’s plans for a new contract.

Scott Arfield has impressed for Rangers under Giovanni van Bronckhorst

The start of the season was a tough one for Arfield, as he found it hard to impose himself in the team under the previous manager Steven Gerrard.

This all changed when the Dutchman arrived at Ibrox, and his role became more substantial. He remains an integral part of the team, as the goal against Livingston shows, and I believe he deserves another year at least.

Olympique Lyon v Rangers FC: Group A - UEFA Europa League
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Not only that, but his experience can also be vital for the side as we currently chase glory on three fronts. With the chance of another league winners medal and a crack at Europe’s elite in the Champions League group stages, then it would be mad to leave.

Meanwhile, Rangers are facing a battle with Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb for the signature of Danilho Doekhi.

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