Not many have spoken about it, but it’s easy to find the similarities between Scott Arfield and Steven Davis.
Walter Smith’s little general in the midfield was so vital during Rangers’ three-in-a-row spell between 2008 and 2011. With the likes of Barry Ferguson and Pedro Mendes around him too, Davis often had the license to roam forward and join in attacks.
His box-to-box nature and ability to make vital blocks whilst being influential going forward made him a huge fans-favourite. So much so that supporters would love it if an opportunity came up in the future to lure Davis back to Glasgow.
Yet, does Steven Gerrard have his own Davis in midfield talent Arfield? Granted, Arfield’s best work certainly isn’t at the back, but he has the same style of play as Davis going forward.
The former Burnley and Falkirk man is always looking to unlock the opposition with key passes. He’s finally started adding goals to his game also, and Rangers most certainly wouldn’t be the same team without him.
Rangers’ Mr Reliable
Gerrard must now view him as Mr Reliable, given how consistent he’s been in recent weeks. If Arfield keeps up this kind of impressive form going forward, then there’s no reason why he can’t resemble Davis.
Where Davis benefited was having such talent alongside him at Ibrox. Ferguson was able to do plenty of the dirty work, whilst Davis’ energy and tenacity often had opposition sides on the back-foot.
Arfield is starting to show that same aggression and willingness to fight for the cause that Davis had. His goal against Hearts was yet another sign that the Canada captain is seriously starting to find his feet at Ibrox.
The best Rangers sides of the past have all been built upon solid performers. Players who the manager can pick and know they’re going to do a job without concern. Smith had Davis right up there on his list, and included the Northern Irishman in every big game he managed from when he signed back in 2008.
Arfield has yet to miss a big game for Rangers this season. Despite a slow start, the Canada star is becoming a man that Gerrard can consistently rely upon.
It’s perhaps still too early to compare the two. Davis’ accolades at Ibrox show just how successful he was, and Arfield won’t be near that level until he starts collecting prizes.
The similarities are there early on, and Rangers fans are taking to the midfielder’s performances. It’s now down to Arfield to replicate what Davis won on the pitch, and not settle for second best.