Midfielder Scott Arfield hasn’t just been missed by Rangers, there’s been a creative chasm in midfield since he’s been out injured.
The Scotland born Canadian captain is a vital part of how we play.
Those little first time passes. That direct, forward thinking play. The vocal presence on the park. He’s the captain in that third and we’ve looked decidedly ordinary in there without him.
Not that he fulfils the midfield playmaker role that so many fans feel we’re crying out for. But he’s industrious, snappy and very useful as the main transitional player.
And without him we lack a physicality, industry and ability in midfield. And most importantly, leadership.
Midfield has looked lost in recent games
The key creative area of the field was posted missing last week. Coulibaly, Ejaria and Jack were all largely ineffective.
Without the composure of Scott Arfield to pivot play and give a greater level of balance, the team has looked lop-sided. Coulibaly’s engine has been fired up in the wrong directions. Ejaria has lacked a definitiveness to his touch and play, struggling to really influence matches beyond some neat passes and tidy touches.
Jack in particular has to do more for me. He’s highly rated by the fans but he’s been bit part on the pitch. You want him to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Let’s hope it’s rustiness after some time on the sidelines.
With Arfield on the pitch, there’s a player who looks willing to take responsibility. He didn’t get the time to do that on Sunday.
Arfield has three assists in seven Scottish Premiership games, the joint-highest at the club. He’s level with Morelos who also has three assists but the Colombian has played nine matches. Arfield has also chipped in with two goals.
If he gets the nod tomorrow, it’ll go someway to filling that creative chasm in the middle of the pitch.
There’s little doubt the midfielder will be vital to any success Rangers are to have this season.