Rangers fans have been ruing the absence of midfielder Scott Arfield as the club counts the cost of a Scottish Cup exit to the hands of St Johnstone.
The Gers might be the Champions of Scotland but there will be no league and cup double this season after the penalty shoot-out defeat to the Saints.
Callum Davidson’s side showed huge commitment throughout the match and the Gers were not at their best in a contest which all things being equal, the Ibrox side should be winning.
However ahead of the game Scott Arfield’s absence from the squad was the most notable change from the team to play the Saints in midweek.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 25, 2021
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard would confirm the midfielder – who has struggled with an ankle injury this season – picked up a knock in training in the run up to the match.
Licking their wounds in the aftermath of the game, many of the Gers supporters would take aim at the club’s powderpuff midfield in the absence of Arfield and teammate Ryan Jack.
The two are very influential players for the club and it’s in this are that the Gers were found particularly wanting this evening:
Midfield been down to the bare bones for weeks. Jack a massive miss.
— David McClean (@DeErFc) April 25, 2021
Arfield a bigger miss middle of the park for me allows Aribo into his best position in final third
— Scott Cameron (@Cammy26_2) April 25, 2021
The midfield looked shattered the night and we can’t do anything about it cause jacko is injured and zungu is suspended and then arfield has picked up a knock. Hopefully Gerrard sees the midfield as an area that needs to be improved by a couple signings
— Declan Little (@Declan_1872_) April 25, 2021
Not having Jack and today arfield has really effected us, no rotation in midfield is leaving the guys very leggy, really needs quality added in there in the summer
— gazza's blonde hair (@liamhannah1987) April 25, 2021
— cm (@lord_talbot) April 25, 2021
We always play flat when we lose both Jack and Arfield. We need one or the other!
— Sir Arthur Travers (@B0mberHarris) April 25, 2021
Defo. Arfield midfield, Aribo on right cutting in.
— JB (@VicVinegar75) April 25, 2021
Rangers need Aribo further forward but with Jack and Arfield injured, he’s not playing where he’s at his best 😕
— Ro55 (@roskorfc) April 25, 2021
Idea that we were mad up for the cup kinda out the window that first half. Both previous rounds were won before the break. Can't help thinking we're suffering in this one for lack of a Scotty Arfield, if for nothing else other than it lets Aribo step up one.
— Alex Anderson (@FatEck) April 25, 2021
Tav still rusty. Hagi anonymous. Midfielders leaving it for the CBs to play in the forwards. Really missing the natural aggression of Arfield. Need Wright for Hagi at HT
— Crazy Hor55e 🇬🇧 (@glasgowsportsfa) April 25, 2021
Ryan Jack and Arfield add steel to that team. We can be easy to play against without them
— Croogs 🏴 (@CroogsRFC) April 25, 2021
Gers fans were left reeling as the club threw away a goal lead to crash out of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox.
The club’s supporters were in unanimous agreement regarding the result as the fans get vexed over the fact the 12 year wait for the Scottish Cup lingers on.