Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield played a big role for Canada last night as they got their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign underway with a resounding 4-0 win over Martinique – but the fact the Gers star is lining up for Canada at all should be a massive source of embarrassment for the Scottish FA.
Arfield was born in Scotland and grew up in Scotland, made his progression through the ranks as a footballer in Scotland and turned professional in Scotland. He would represent various Scottish youth teams, captaining Scotland under-21s, but would never get the call to join the senior squad.
Even after moving south of the border and excelling for Burnley and Huddersfield, Arfield somehow couldn’t get a sniff of a cap for Scotland while a procession of dross lined up for the national team.
After eventually switching over to Canada in 2016, Arfield has excelled at international level and was named captain earlier this year.
There’s absolutely no question that the 30-year-old would be an improvement on the current crop of Scotland internationals and is the sort of player Steve Clarke’s side are crying out for.
Whoever at Hampden thought that Arfield wasn’t worth a cap for a country that hasn’t qualified for a major tournament in 21 years is, hopefully, working as far removed from football as possible now.
It’s not as if Arfield’s move to Ibrox has suddenly thrust him into the limelight.
He spent years in England impressing in the Championship and Premier League, at the same time as players like Barry Bannan and James Morrison were winning caps for bog average performances in the same leagues.
Arfield might get his hands on some international silverware in the coming weeks as the Gold Cup reaches its conclusion – but even if he doesn’t, the Scottish FA should be ashamed that the midfielder is lining up for Canada in the first place.