Rangers star Scott Arfield has found himself on the fringes of things at Ibrox recently, but after a stellar display against Dundee United, can the Canadian captain force his way back into the side?
After coming off the bench against the Arabs following an injury to Alfredo Morelos, there probably wasn’t a better player on the park for the final half an hour of the match.
What’s interesting is that Steven Gerrard resisted the urge to use the 31-year-old midfielder when both Ryan Jack and Brandon Barker went off injured earlier in the game.
Arfield has had to get used to life as a substitute at Rangers with the former Burnley midfielder starting only once this season but still being involved in all seven Scottish Premiership matches so far [Transfermarkt].
It’s to his credit that Scotty Arf waited for his chance against Dundee United but when Rangers offered it, he certainly took it.
The midfielder was a constant thorn in the side of the Arabs defence, a busy presence in the final third and a direct, willing runner on the ball and off it.
This was Scott Arfield at his swashbuckling best, taking up excellent positions and forcing smart saves from the goalkeeper, being a menace in between the lines.
There was no player most deserving of a goal when Arfield neatly tucked away Ianis Hagi’s lay-off, but it was in setting up Kemar Roofe which epitomised the midfielder’s performance.
Arfield picked up the ball from a neat Kent lay-off and drove at the Dundee United defence, turning their defenders inside out, sweeping the ball onto his left into the box and driving it low towards goal.
Kemar Roofe got on the end of the cross-turned-shot to make it 3-0 to Rangers and the move summed up everything that was good about the team’s performance, let alone Arfield’s.
⚽️ RANGERS 3 – 0 Dundee United
🙋🏾♂️ Kemar Roofe
⌚️ 68' pic.twitter.com/ygnHpC2MtA
— Rangers Goals (@RangersGoaIs) September 12, 2020
As we enter a busy period of the season Rangers have picked up their fair share of knocks but the strength-in-depth is evident when Steven Gerrard can call on the likes of Arfield from the bench.
It’s a long campaign, and if the midfielder’s performance on Saturday is anything to go by, Arfield certainly has it in him to have a considerable impact on it.