Scott Arfield was a cut above in midfield today
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Scott Arfield was a cut above in midfield today

Scott Arfield signed from Burnley to semi-muted fanfare.

Everyone knew the signing came with Premier League pedigree, but such is his versatility, it was difficult to really forecast his influence.

Today, the midfielder was outstanding.

He broke up play, passed the ball forward and lead the team from the middle of the park. Rangers have missed this composure and experience in midfield. There was no-one more deserving of the Man of the Match award.

Man of the Match and more to come from Scotty Arf

Scott Arfield was a composed presence in midfield today.

But there will be harder tests to come.

Arfield has been solid for Rangers so far, particularly in Europe, but today against Dundee he looked a cut above. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

The midfielder commanded the Ibrox pitch today and looked a cut above the opposition.

Over 100 Premier League appearances suggest that should be expected.

The midfielder really established a role. Breaking up play, neatly moving the ball, always looking forward. He was a pivot and if Rangers have an on-fire Arfield things could be very different this season.

Options in midfield

The fact Rangers played this game without the influential Ryan Jack rarely mattered today.

Halliday, minus a few slack passes, did the easy things well and bit into tackles.

Arfield was a dynamic, positive presence in midfield.

And the athletic, if rusty Coulibaly was positive and a direct threat. His goal showed the Malian eagerness to impress.

Lassana Coulibaly wheels away after the opener. The Malian is also a solid option in midfield. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The fact Jack, Ejaria, Rossiter, Dorrans and McRorie played no part can only be positive for Rangers.

For the first time in a long time, we have options in midfield.