Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was able to field Steven Davis and Scott Arfield together for the first time this season – and the midfield duo are going to be crucial to the Gers’ title hopes this season.

Arfield has been wrapped in cotton wool so far this summer after representing Canada at the CONCACAF Gold Cup and made his first appearance of the season for the Gers in the clash with Blackburn today.

20th January 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Mid season football friendly, Rangers v Helsinki; Steven Davis of Rangers on the ball

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The pair pulled the strings in central midfield against Blackburn and picked right back up where they left off last season.

Gerrard pulled them both off after an hour and withdrawing them both made a massive difference to the way the Gers were playing, with nobody controlling the tempo anywhere near effectively as Davis had been.

With plenty of options in midfield, Gerrard might have different ideas but it’s clear that Davis and Arfield and so important to this side.

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Their experience alone is something that is sorely lacking in a number of areas of the pitch but once you take their ability into account, it’s hard to see past them.

That could leave Gerrard deciding between which one of Joe Aribo, Ryan Jack or Glen Kamara completes his midfield trio.

MOTHERWELL, SCOTLAND - APRIL 07: Scott Arfield of Rangers celebrates with the match ball after scoring all three goals in his team's 0-3 victory during the Ladbrokes Premier League match between Motherwell and Rangers at Fir Park on April 07, 2019 in Motherwell, Scotland.

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All three have a good shout for deserving regular starts but leaving either Davis or Arfield out of the side leaves the Light Blues weakened.

Whatever Gerrard does, Davis and Arfield must be central to his plans or it might just cost Rangers a shot at the title.

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