As Rangers enter a pivotal point of the season the return of a man who looked to be on the fringes of the squad in May is vital to Steven Gerrard’s side finding top gear.
Despite not being considered a vital part of Rangers’ plans in the early part of the season Arfield fought back from the edges of the squad to become a pivotal player.
When Rangers were at their swashbuckling best this season the Canadian midfielder was synonymous with it, the ex-Burnley man proving the missing link between midfield and attack.
Arfield’s first two seasons at Rangers were spent largely fitting square pegs into round holes as the initial give had Rangers confused over whether the number 8 should be employed further forward or not.
This season, the club appear to have found the perfect blend for Scotty Arf, who combines an attacking intelligence with a midfield selflessness and ingenuity.
A smart player who makes late runs into the box, Arfield is also more often than not neatly positioned for little one-twos and flicks which knead attacks together.
More than that, Arfield is one of the few players in this Rangers side – particularly from a deeper-lying position – who could be classed as a finisher.
Whilst the ex-Falkirk kid is by no means a poacher or a number nine, Arfield has proved throughout his Rangers career that he knows where the back of the net is.
It’s another reason why Arfield is such an important player for Gerrard and co and with the Gers star set to return within the next week or so it’s a major boost to the club’s chances.
Rangers have been stumbling as of late performance-wise and the return of the club’s saluting attacking midfielder can help the Ibrox side regain their identity.
Rangers fans will also love the comments of the Canada manager regarding Scott Arfield and why he chose to retire from international football – for the time being.