Rangers star Scott Arfield has made it clear that he’s happy at Ibrox but his future remains uncertain.
Arfield had only been playing a bit-part role during the final months of Steven Gerrard’s tenure.
However, he’s featuring more prominently under Gio van Bronckhorst, appearing in all five of his matches in charge to date.
The 33-year-old is one of several first-team players whose current deal is up at the end of the season, so when he was put forward for press conference duty on Friday, one journalist took the opportunity to ask him about his future.
Arfield made it clear that Ibrox is where he wants to be, but his response suggested that negotiations about a potential extension haven’t yet got underway.
“It’s going to take its own natural course, to be honest,” he said [RangersTV]. “I’m happy here and everybody knows I’m happy here.”
“As it goes on into May, June or July when you’re out of contract, that’s five or six months down the line.
“Right now, I’m fully focused on getting in the team, staying in the team and helping the team as much as possible.”
Rangers star Arfield sends clear message to Wilson on future
Sporting director Ross Wilson is in charge of contract negotiations at Ibrox and Arfield has made it clear to him with these comments that he wants to stay at the club.
The ball is now in Rangers’ court but that doesn’t mean to say they’ll act quickly.
Given his age, Arfield’s next move is more likely to be a step down than a step up, and if Wilson holds off for a while longer, the uncertainty will likely incentivise the Canada international to help the team succeed rather than putting his nose out of joint.
It helps that his situation isn’t unique, with the likes of Steven Davis and Leon Balogun also seemingly in the dark regarding their own futures.
GvB does seem to like Arfield, though, and if the versatile midfielder keeps his strong recent form up for the remainder of the season, it would be a surprise if he wasn’t offered an extension.