Scott Arfield’s celebration during the victory over Celtic summed up the meeting, according to club legend Barry Ferguson.
It was a historic day for the club on Saturday. The 1-0 win over Brendan Rodgers’ side at Ibrox signalled their first victory over the Northern Irishman. Mainly, however, it was their first derby league win in over six years.
Rangers players certainly enjoyed the occasion. At full-time, you could see the likes of Andy Halliday in tears whilst Ryan Jack was full of pride.
One of the most popular photos, however, was of Arfield. An image taken and posted by the club’s official Twitter page shows Arfield doing Brown’s famous outstretched arms celebration. Only right in front of the Hoops captain.
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Former club captain Ferguson has said that the image alone provides a turning point, as it summed the game up nicely. Speaking in the Daily Record this morning, Ferguson stated the following:
“Scott Arfield’s celebration at the end summed it up.
“Doing the Broony to Broony didn’t just send a message to the Celtic captain. It shouted loud and clear – Rangers are not scared any more.
“Arfield’s celebration summed it up and showed Rangers won’t be pushovers any more. The Celtic fear factor has gone.”
Rangers players showed a good form of arrogance
Too often for Rangers supporters, Celtic have strolled this fixture with an arrogance and snobbiness. That’s no critism of Rodgers’ men – it’s exactly the way supporters would want Rangers to have as their attitude in these fixtures.
On Saturday, however, finally the supporters seen a bit of resemblance to that. There was no mass-goading at full-time, but just sheer passion and delight for a support that have been starved of success in this fixture for months.
However, it’s difficult to deny that Ferguson is telling the truth here. Arfield’s attitude to go up into the face of the Celtic captain and give him some back as a good signal for supporters.
Fans feel that too many before Arfield have been scared of the Celtic captain. He’s an extremely good player is Brown, but too much respect has been given to him in this fixture from Rangers midfielders in the past.
On Saturday, Arfield only gave him what was necessary in terms of respect. Then got stuck into him.
The celebration? Just a signal that Rangers are no longer scared of their Old Firm foes.