With Scott Arfield in the final year of his Rangers deal, a big contract call looms for Steven Gerrard.
Arfield penned a four-year deal at Ibrox in May 2018, less than a fortnight after Gerrard was appointed as manager, with the midfielder joining on a free transfer from Premier League club Burnley.
Since then, he’s played in a variety of positions, racking up a whopping 149 appearances.
The now 32-year-old guarantees 100% effort wherever he’s deployed, even turning down international duty with Canada on a number of occasions to prioritise Rangers.
He’s scored 29 goals and notched 18 assists for the Gers, playing a significant part in the club’s road back to being champions of Scotland.
However, his role has been reduced during the early stages of the current campaign.
Arfield hasn’t started a match since a depleted Gers side took on Alashkert in the second leg of their Europa League playoff in late August.
Even though he’s made a total of nine appearances, his playing time equates to just over three full matches, and he currently looks perhaps the furthest down the pecking order he’s been since joining the club.
At 32, he’s certainly not the oldest of the Ibrox midfielders, with 36-year-old Steven Davis comfortably holding that title, and there’s every chance that he could still have several more seasons left in the game, particularly if he continues to avoid international duty.
The question is if Gerrard feels he would be able to contribute as he has done in the past and if the Light Blues’ continually evolving playing style still requires a player with his attributes.
Either way, a decision will need to be made sooner rather than later, as if Arfield isn’t tied down by January, he may opt to try and secure a pre-contract deal elsewhere.