Rangers boss Steven Gerrard may have dropped a selection hint regarding Scott Arfield ahead of Sunday’s important Premiership clash with Motherwell.
Arfield has been with Gerrard since the start at Ibrox and has played a key role in the past.
However, he’s slipped down the pecking order in recent times and is yet to start a Premiership fixture this season.
The 32-year-old came off the bench during the 2-2 draw with Aberdeen in midweek, though, and it seems he’s in with a real chance of making the XI at Fir Park.
“I thought the three of our subs against Aberdeen had a positive impact,” said Gerrard [RangersTV]. “I thought Scotty [Arfield] came on and was really brave. He nearly got us that winning goal when he smashed into the post.”
“Scotty’s been training a lot more like Scotty Arfield and he’s giving me a lot to think about at the moment, which we expect because when I do challenge Scott or we ask a question of him he always comes back stronger. Credit to him.”
These are surprising comments in some respects, as Arfield still didn’t look quite his usual self in midweek.
However, Rangers’ starting midfield trio lacked energy and failed to link successfully with the forward players.
When at his best, Arfield is excellent at combining with the inside forwards and making late runs into the box and he could do well if brought into the side at the weekend.
In April 2019, he produced one of his best performances in a Rangers shirt at Fir Park, bagging all three goals in a 3-0 victory.
The referee has been confirmed for the match and the Gers have an outstanding record in games he has officiated.