Rangers have barely caught a breather in the first part of the season between Portuguese training camps, four Ibrox friendlies, and the Europa League qualifying campaign.

From the final day defeat to Kilmarnock on the 19th of May until the first day of pre-season on the 17th of June there were only exactly 29 days.

Whilst the whole Rangers squad has barely managed a breather, spare a thought for Scotty Arfield.

Arfield is one of Steven Gerrard’s most trusted players. The Canadian played 46 times last season, scoring 12 times and assisting another 7. Arfield already has 2 in 10 this year. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The 30-year-old has been non-stop for the last 12 months after a monumental 60-game campaign with Rangers, captaining Canada at the Gold Cup in the summer and being tossed right back into Rangers’ hectic domestic schedule.

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It’s been telling on the former Burnley player.

 

Someone who has run through walls for the most part since joining the Ibrox club, Arfield is also the kind of player who will get goals and hit a vein of form above his consistent level for a patch a season.

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Up until now, Arfield has never lacked that commitment in a Bears shirt, but the last few weeks have certainly seen him huffing and puffing on tired legs.

You get the feeling that desperate need for a breather was one of the reasons why he didn’t make the Canada squad for the CONCACAF Nations League matches with Cuba.

Arfield has seventeen caps and two goals for Canada. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Someone who has already proven his value to the side with big goals this season, a fully-fit, well-rested Arfield doesn’t become a fixture of the side but rather an asset.

Let’s hope this fortnight or so away from football helps him recapture the form that saw Arfield recognised for his quality last season.

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