Rangers should keep key man despite reported January interest - Our View
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Rangers should keep key man despite reported January interest - Our View

Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield has been linked with an Ibrox exit this month with two Turkish sides reported to be interested in signing the Canadian international – but the Gers should keep the veteran in Glasgow until the summer at least.

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Arfield is out of contract at the end of the season so there’s only so much control Rangers have long-term, but keeping him as part of Gio van Bronckhorst’s squad for the remainder of the campaign makes a lot of sense.

Alanyaspor and Hatayspor have been linked with a move for Arfield this month – setting up a potential reunion with Daniel Candeias at Alanyaspor.

While Arfield isn’t going to be the first name of the teamsheet between now and the summer, the ex-Burnley star serves a vital role in the squad that doesn’t really have anyone else capable of performing it.

The energy Arfield brings to the side and his ability to harry and hassle defenders is a constant problem for opposition sides and as Rangers look to make it back-to-back titles for the first time in far too long, losing him would be a big blow.

Given Arfield’s support of the club, it seems unlikely he’d be willing to walk away from Rangers with another league title on offer and a looming Europa League clash with Dortmund.

Come the summer, he may well decide his future lies elsewhere, but for now, it is hard to see Arfield anywhere other than Rangers.

After struggling for game-time earlier in the season, he’s had more regular minutes under van Bronckhorst and with the games coming thick and fast over the next few months, there’s likely to be plenty more to come between now and the end of the campaign.

A new deal is something that could – and should – be looked at closer to the summer but selling Arfield this month should be a non-starter.

Meanwhile, a promising homegrown talent made a good contribution for his loan club on Friday night.