The backlash from Rangers supporters continues, following Thursday night’s defeat to BSC Young Boys.
Three points were undoubtedly there for the taking against relatively weak opponents by European standards, but the Gers gifted them two goals.
Captain, James Tavernier, was at fault for both and has taken a hammering from supporters, while Sheyi Ojo, who was near anonymous in the game, has also been slammed.
One of Steven Gerrard’s most trusted senior players has also come under fire. Scott Arfield.
The versatile midfielder was deployed in an attacking role last night until the injury to Ryan Jack, which saw him drop back into one of the three central midfield slots.
It’s always an interesting one when the 30-year-old is deployed further forward.
Last season, at times, he looked unplayable in behind the striker, popping up time and again with goals and linking up well with Jermain Defoe in particular.
Yet, his selection there means Rangers lack natural width on one side and in 2019/20, the goals have dried up. So far, he has just two in 16 appearances, in comparison to six in his last ten at the back end of 2018/19 [Soccerbase].
His last goal for the Gers came away at Midtjylland in early August, meaning he’s on an eleven game drought.
On Thursday, he was one of many who failed to get a grip on proceedings, with Alfredo Morelos the team’s only genuine attacking threat.
Rangers fans criticise Arfield
Plenty of Bears weren’t happy with his showing, with some feeling he needs an extended break following his exploits for Canada in the Gold Cup over the summer.
Here’s a selection of reactions:
He’s lucky tav n ojo were on the park tonight a love Scotty but he’s been hiding for months sadly
— Scott (@5G_Rfc) October 3, 2019
We are in dire need of a second striker arfield not good enuff for that position! Big aribo suits that position
— Jayjay10 (@Jayjay152030254) October 3, 2019
Said this last night, especially when Arfield is contributing nothing on that right side.
— Chris Scott (@christtocs) October 4, 2019
Both dont deserve starting places in a Rangers team on current form lets be honest.
Arfield looks tired and need to chuck Canada for me
— peter kelman 🇬🇧 (@aberlourbear) October 4, 2019
I really don’t agree. We were careless in possession throughout the game, and struggled to support Alfredo. We would be lost without him.
None of Arfield, Kamara, Ojo, Goldson or Tav turned up. We can’t afford for that many players to be off it.
— Faceless 👤 (@FacelessRanger) October 3, 2019
Fs was airfield playing the night never noticed
— gordon (@gordon91194619) October 3, 2019
I think certain players need rotated more than they currently do. Goldson certainly needs a rest, Arfield just doesn't look fit to me
— SDF (@GoodCopBabcock) October 3, 2019
Feel like arfield gets a pass too often as well
— John McMurray (@swanmacca) October 3, 2019
Drop ojo and drop Arfield
Goldson should be dropped but won’t
— Jordan 🇬🇧 (@JordanS1872) October 3, 2019
Things definitely aren’t coming off for Arfield has they did during his debut season at Ibrox.
All players go through slumps to some degree, though. He’s a class act and is sure to come good again sooner rather than later.
He’s still working hard for the cause and is taking flak here that may not have been dished out at all, had the Gers held on for a draw.
Perhaps a rest against Hamilton on Sunday would do him no harm.